Housing cooperatives – the inactivity of a housing cooperative P 7/16
Ref. No. P 7/16
IN THE NAME OF THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND
Warsaw, 14 March 2018
The Constitutional Tribunal, composed of:
Piotr Tuleja – Presiding Judge
Sławomira Wronkowska-Jaśkiewicz – Judge Rapporteur
Recording Clerk – Krzysztof Zalecki,
having considered, at a hearing on 14 March 2018, in the presence of the court referring the question of law as well as the Sejm, the Public Prosecutor-General and the Ombudsman, the question of law referred by the Circuit Court in Gdańsk:
as to whether Article 491 of the Housing Cooperatives Act of 15 December 2000 (Journal of Laws – Dz. U. of 2013, item 1222), construed in the way that:
– the phrase ‘in the event of the inactivity of a housing cooperative’, as used in the Act, comprises any form of inactivity, including failure on the part of the executive authority of a housing cooperative to take indispensable action for a flat to be deemed self-contained and for the ownership thereof to be transferred to an eligible party;
– it repeals Article 49 of the said Act;
is consistent with Article 2 and Article 45(1) of the Constitution,
adjudicates as follows:
Article 491 of the Housing Cooperatives Act of 15 December 2000 (Journal of Laws – Dz. U. of 2013 item 1222, of 2015 item 201 as well as of 2017 items 1442 and 1596) – insofar as it pertains to situations where adaptation work needs to be carried out for a flat to be deemed self-contained – is inconsistent with Article 45(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Poland.
Moreover, the Tribunal decides:
pursuant to Article 59(1)(2) of the Act of 30 November 2016 on the Organisation of the Constitutional Tribunal and the Mode of Proceedings Before the Constitutional Tribunal (Journal of Laws – Dz. U., item 2072), to discontinue the proceedings as to the remainder.
The ruling was unanimous.