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Debtors will be banned from disconnecting utilities
In Russia, they may prohibit disconnecting debtors from utilities. The relevant amendments to the Housing Code will be considered by the State Duma. According to experts, the percentage of those who really can’t pay utility bills is small, but bona fide consumers suffer from outages.
As they say "News", amendments may be made to article 157 of the Housing Code. Their author - deputy Alexei Kurinnoy proposes to fix in the law cases of prohibition of shutdown in apartment buildings for non-payment of hot and cold water supply, as well as heating.
The reason for this initiative was the numerous appeals of citizens who suffered from the disconnection of their neighbors. For example, in one of the apartments of the debtors, utilities installed plugs on the sewer, as a result of which the entire entrance was flooded. It is impossible, according to the author of the initiative, to turn off the heating for non-payment. If a person really has nothing to pay with, he will simply freeze.
At the same time, blackouts, according to experts, remain the most effective measure for debtors who do not want to sit without light or water, and immediately go to pay the bills. According to the bailiffs, if in 2015 2,1 million of the relevant proceedings were initiated in the amount of 42,3 billion rubles, then in 2019 there were already 4,1 million proceedings in the amount of 89 billion rubles.