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Factsheet for measure LT-2022-15/2377 Updated – measures in Lithuania

Compensations for providing housing to Ukrainian citizens free of charge

Kompensacijos už būsto suteikimą Ukrainos piliečiams

Country Lithuania , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 06 April 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Keeping or obtaining a safe home
Author Rasa Mieziene, Inga Blaziene (Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences)
Measure added 20 May 2022 (updated 20 September 2022)

Background information

On 6 April 2022, Order No A1-254 of the Minister for Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania came into effect, approving the procedure for calculation and payment of compensation for hosting foreigners who left Ukraine due to the military operations of the Russian Federation in Ukraine. The above-mentioned procedure provides that landlords who have hosted Ukrainian war refugees without remuneration may apply for compensation. The purpose of the compensation is to encourage owners of housing or other habitable property to provide accommodation to Ukrainians and to increase the supply of accommodation in Lithuania.

Content of measure

According to the Order, owners of housing or other habitable property who have accommodated Ukrainian war refugees may apply, as from 6 April 2022, for compensation from the municipal administration where the housing or other habitable property is registered. The compensation is available to individuals and businesses that have allowed or will allow war refugees to stay temporarily in housing, hotels, recreation, treatment facilities or summer houses free of charge. Individuals and businesses should host Ukrainians who have fled the war free of charge for the first month, and compensation for owners of housing and other habitable property should be paid from the second month, but not more than three months and not exceeding the term of the loan agreement.

The amount of the compensation depends on the number of occupants. €150 is paid per person from Ukraine per month and €50 per month is paid for each additional person living in the same housing.

According to the Ministry of Social Security and Labour (MSSL), allocations from the State budget for compensations amount to €6.3 million.

Updates

The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

03 June 2022

On 3 June 2022, the period of payment of the compensation was extended from three to six months by Order No 1V-413 of the Minister for the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania. The Order also extended the range of potential accommodations and beneficiaries of the compensation to include not only residents and businesses, but also the non-governmental sector: religious communities, public agencies and associations that have concluded housing lease agreements with Ukrainians.

Use of measure

No information available yet.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Other businesses
Migrants or refugees
Other groups of citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Local / regional government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Informed Informed
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level

Involvement

No information available.

Views and reactions

No information available.

Sources

  • 05 April 2022: Order No A1-254 of the Minister for Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania (LR socialinės apsaugos ir darbo ministro įsakymas Nr. A1-254 (e-seimas.lrs.lt)
  • 07 April 2022: Individuals and businesses that have hosted Ukrainians can already apply for compensation (Priėmusieji ukrainiečius gyventojai ir verslas jau gali kreiptis kompensacijos) (socmin.lrv.lt)
  • 03 June 2022: Order No 1V-413 of the Minister for the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania (www.e-tar.lt)

Citation

Eurofound (2022), Compensations for providing housing to Ukrainian citizens free of charge, measure LT-2022-15/2377 (measures in Lithuania), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/LT-2022-15_2377.html

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