Now, why don’t we see worthwhile policies like this today?
The term rich flat applies to any flat in which the number of rooms equals or exceeds the number of permanent occupants (Collected Works, vol. 42, p. 36).
Of course they had to be redistributed so that there was no more than one room per person – a generous allocation. And then, once the flats were redistributed:
The local sanitary departments (+labour commissariat) should be made to punish, without trial, by arrest up to 1 month and compulsory labour up to 2 months for uncleanliness, etc. (Collected Works, vol, 42, p. 192).