Izvestia: in Russia they proposed to ban the Criminal Code from collecting money for special accounts for overhaul
In Russia, they wanted to prohibit commercial structures, that is, management companies (MCs), from owning and managing special accounts for which they collect funds for overhaul. The corresponding draft law was sent to the Ministry of Construction by the Public Council under the department. On Friday, November 25, Izvestia writes about this with reference to a copy of the document.
We are talking about changing only one of the mechanisms for raising funds for major repairs – in addition to individual special accounts for each house, money can be collected into the “common pot” of regional operators. How exactly to do this is decided by the vote of the apartment owners. Approximately every tenth house in the country uses a special account.
The authors of the bill believe that the measure they proposed will help combat fraud during overhaul. Experts from the public council under the Ministry of Construction claim that some management companies are actually stealing money from special accounts, for example, spending it on overpriced work or paying front companies that ultimately do not provide services.
Irina Gentsler, an expert of the public council under the Ministry of Construction, head of the housing sector of the Urban Economy direction of the Institute for Urban Economics Foundation, explained to the publication that if the proposed bill is adopted, then the houses whose special accounts are controlled by the Criminal Code will have to change them to regooperators or organize HOAs. When switching to a regoperator, there is a chance that the house will refuse the special account and enter the “common pot”.
Earlier it was reported that Russians who went on vacation or a business trip will be allowed to receive a recalculation of fees for garbage collection. The decree, which will allow citizens to pay less for one service, was signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. The changes will come into effect on March 1, 2023. The innovation will affect both residents of houses, where garbage collection rates are calculated based on the number of registered residents, and houses, where the calculation depends on the area of u200bu200bliving premises.