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Housing cooperatives – the inactivity of a housing cooperative P 7/16

Ref. No. P 7/16



Warsaw, 14 March 2018

The Constitutional Tribunal, composed of:

Piotr Tuleja – Presiding Judge
Zbigniew Jędrzejewski
Leon Kieres
Piotr Pszczółkowski
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.

Piotr Tuleja
Zbigniew Jędrzejewski
Leon Kieres
Piotr Pszczółkowski
Sławomira Wronkowska