Russians began to receive more often payment orders with debts that were repaid or did not exist at all. Such cases were recorded in Moscow, Moscow region, St. Petersburg, Leningrad region and in other regions. Sometimes invoices are issued for previous years and for significant amounts. The trend became noticeable in the second quarter of 2021, Sergei Sokhranov, executive director of NP ZhKKh Kontrol, told Izvestia.
In Moscow, the problem arose precisely in 2021, said Svetlana Razorotneva, general director of ANO Muscovites Support Center. This could be due to the fact that payment discipline worsened in the past pandemic year, and now the management companies and settlement centers are trying by any means to make up for the lost income, including raising old debts, sometimes even for the 2010s, she said.
“Most likely, the reason for the issuance of payment documents by management organizations with debts for previous periods is the need to obtain funds to pay off their debts to resource supplying organizations (RSO),” says Dmitry Gordeev, a member of the expert council of the State Duma Committee on Housing Policy and Housing and Communal Services.
There are limits for the compulsory collection of debts, including for housing and communal services, they are limited by the statute of limitations of three years, Susana Kirakosyan said. But even after that, the Criminal Code has the right to issue debt receipts. A citizen can challenge them only in court – only if there is an appropriate petition, the latter will refuse to collect a long-standing debt, added a member of the CCI Committee on Entrepreneurship in the Housing and Utilities Sector.
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They summed up the bill: in Russia, the distribution of payments with imaginary debts has become more frequent