Krasnodar, 5 February – Yug Times. Hundred of complaints addressed to the regional branch of the All-Russia Popular Front state that managing companies continue to violate the dwellers’ rights.
The Front activists summoned a session of the discussion press club to discuss the ways to normalise the situation. The session was chaired by Natalia Kostenko, member of the Central Office of the Popular Front and State Duma deputy, and attended by journalists and executives of controlling agencies.
The abuses of law in the sphere of housing and communal services were reviewed by example of the complaints against house managing companies, addressed to mass media and personally to Natalia Kostenko as a federal MP.
For instance, five complaints had to do with irregularities in the work or even disconnection of central heating and lack of hot running water. It was established that despite the fact that the tenants had promptly paid for the bills, the respective managing companies failed to transfer the money to the resource-providing companies.
The dwellers’ complaints and the work of the agencies meant to control the work of managing companies have done their part - most of the complainers’ problems have been resolved positively.
“Last year, a number of important changes were introduced into the Russian legislation. They should resolve most frequently occurring problems of unjust behaviour of managing companies,” Ms. Kostenko noted. “For instance, the term of their licenses was limited to five years; strict control over minutes of dwellers’ general meetings was introduced to stop the malpractice of ‘losing’ or falsifying them; the process of transfer of competences from one managing company to another was clearly stated; serious penalties were introduced for managing companies for the incorrect calculation of the cost of public services. All these legal changes must really work.”
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