The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) of Russia has developed protection measures for citizens resettled from emergency housing from overpayments for housing and communal services. This was reported to reporters at the service on Thursday, July 22.
In particular, the Antimonopoly Service has prepared amendments to the decree of the Russian government “On Amendments to the Basis for the Formation of Indices for Changing the Size of Citizens’ Payments for Utilities in the Russian Federation”. The amendments were developed following the results of the Direct Line of President Vladimir Putin, the FAS said.
According to the Antimonopoly Service, it is planned to extend the action of the limit indices to payments of migrants from emergency housing. The change is intended to protect citizens from overpayments for utilities and to prevent the growth of their cost higher than in neighboring houses.
Currently, the calculation and application of limit indices in 2021 is based on the actual payment in December last year. To check if the limit has been met, any payment order of the current year is compared with the December one. But if the resettled citizens lived in an emergency building in December, and moved this year, then their payment is incorrect to compare with the readings of the old house, the FAS said.
The use of limit indices ensures an increase in the size of payments of citizens for utilities by no more than the established value of the marginal index. This mechanism is the only tool to curb the growth of tariffs and is of major socio-economic importance for the country as a whole and for all citizens-consumers.
On May 21, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, speaking in the State Duma with a report on the government’s work for the year on May 12, said that the resettlement plan from emergency housing in 2019-2020 had been fulfilled by more than 200%, 186 thousand people had already been resettled. In 2021, in accordance with Putin’s instructions, 130 thousand people need to be resettled.
The Prime Minister added that the national project “Housing and Urban Environment” until 2024 provides for resettlement over 400 billion rubles. Under this program, more than half a million people are to be resettled from emergency housing with a total area of over 9 million square meters. m.
In July, Izvestia reported that in the first quarter of this year, debts for housing and communal services in Russia increased to 1.33 trillion rubles, which is 5.9% more than in the same period last year. At the end of 2020, the figure was 1.29 trillion rubles, in 2019 – 1.18 trillion. These are debts of industrial consumers, budgetary organizations and citizens.