Ukrainians will toughen the punishment for non-payment of communal

Украинцам ужесточат наказание за неуплату коммуналки

Starting 1 October, the Ukrainians offered to punish harder for the debts on utilities. The corresponding bill No. 3613 was registered in the Verkhovna Rada deputies from the party “servant of the people”.

The document also supports the Ministry of development of communities and territories. They believe that debt creates unequal conditions for participants of the market of housing and communal services and increase of social tension in society, particularly between honest users and those who accumulate debts.

What is offered to the MPs:

  • Tougher sanctions for defaulters. If the debt is more than a year – a penalty of 20% if the debt is from two years – the 30% penalty, the duty of three years or more, the penalty is 50%;
  • Compulsory debt restructuring, if the debt exceeds the amount provided by the government for each of the types of public services. The term restructuring – up to 5 years provided that total payments will not exceed 25% of revenues for subsidianes and 20% for pensioners and other persons receiving any kind of social assistance;
  • Subsidies from those who designed the restructure won’t take away;
  • Restrictions for bad debtors. Defaulters through the courts will be able to temporarily restrict the right to travel outside the country, to forbid to operate vehicles, use weapons, hunt, etc.

At the same time, the apartments for the debts and promise not to pick up. The document stipulates that if the amount to be recovered on Executive production does not exceed 20 minimum salaries (currently UAH 94 460), then the foreclosure on the only home of the debtor and the land on which such housing is located, is not.

In addition, the court may make the decision to recover part of the salary on account of repayment of the debt, if for some reason the debtor did not sign the restructuring agreement.

The bill also stipulates the establishment of special commissions, which will be dealt with, for some reason or another household does not pay for communal. They will ensure that from the tightening of the rules not affected the vulnerable population.

In the same fee consumers will be able to contact if not agree with the amount of debt.

Will a new law to overcome the non-payment

Experts were skeptical of the initiative of people’s deputies. They believe that the payment discipline by tougher penalties to overcome will not succeed.

“For me the law does not solve the debt problem, and only exacerbates the problem of the relationship between the monopolist and the consumer, when last left alone with the problems. This bill should be considered together with the draft law on housing and communal inspection when the interests of all parties will be considered”, – told us the head of Committee of housing and communal services, landscaping, ecology and environmental protection Public Council under the Kyiv city state administration Oleg Popenko.

As for restructuring, there is not anything new – and so give the majority of companies that represent utilities.

“Obviously it’s just “dressed” in a new shell. And on account of time constraints by analogy with alimony, there is, I believe, done is fundamentally wrong. To restrict human rights for non-payment of zhkg of the services without the right to challenge their quality is fundamentally wrong. People should be able to protect your rights as a consumer”, – said Oleg Popenko.

According to experts, the adoption of this bill does not solve the debt problem, and only exacerbates the problem of the relationship between the monopolist and the consumer, when last left alone with the problems.

“This bill should be considered together with the draft law on housing and communal inspection when the interests of all parties will be taken into account”, – summed up Oleg Popenko.

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