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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Experts have questioned the validity of another rent increase for the population

The increase in rent was unpleasant, but the usual norm of our time. Although this increase is officially called indexing, it’s not the indexing, but still hope to see this year, the Russian pensioners. From July 1, the tariffs for housing and communal services the average for the country will grow by 4%. Compared to last year, when they soared by almost 10%, it may seem that this time the residents of apartment buildings are lucky. Besides then in the payment, a new line — “overhaul”. However, this year the grown-in tariffs will force the string up the family budget.

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The current rise in housing prices is considered below “economically feasible”. Speaking at the recent St. Petersburg international economic forum, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said that in the previous 15 years, the communal outstripped inflation, but then it will not grow as fast. In April it was decided on a moratorium on the possibility of applying the permissible deviations above the specified region index with the aim of growth of tariffs to economically justified. For Moscow, for example, this ceiling was 7.5%. Moreover, the capital has become the champion to increase tariffs. After a much prices will rise in Saint-Petersburg, Yakutia and Kamchatka — all of 6.5%. The slight change in the column “total payment due” waiting for residents of North Ossetia, there price increase will be 3%.

Officials have calculated that under the new scenario for a family of three people, the rent will rise by approximately 200 rubles. Of course, with the caveat that everyone has their own pattern of consumption of housing services. To check how will change the final figure in the payment, not so difficult. For example, it is already known that in Moscow the heating will rise by 8.1%, hot water — by 7.8%, cold water supply and sanitation by 7%, electricity — by 7-15% (depending on the availability of the appliance and the type of meter), gas — 2%. And that’s what we get in “real terms” when will come the receipts for July. In calculations was used the account for a one-bedroom apartment with an area of 36 sq. m, which defines a single person. In may, the tenant paid for cold and hot water for 216 908 rubles, and rubles, respectively, for the wastewater 284 of the ruble, heating — 1145 rubles, electricity — 365 rubles. After the tariff increase the numbers on the receipt needs to increase over the cold and hot water for 15 rubles and 71 rubles, Sewerage — 20 rubles, over heating, 91 ruble, for electricity — at least 25 rubles. A total of 222 of the ruble, which roughly correspond to the calculations. Although once again let me remind you that we considered the example of citizens living alone. For families with children the amount may be higher.

“I do not understand why every year housing prices should rise. No analysis of the work of enterprises in this sector typically is not done, we would take their word for it: told that it is necessary to increase the fee for electricity is increased. Although it may be that the rate is already too high, and at times,” says Executive Director of the National center of public control in the sphere of housing and communal services Svetlana Razvorotneva. According to experts, the well-known case in the Voronezh region, when after an audit of the size of the tariff for water has been reduced.

It is obvious that their own citizens to deal in such sensitive issue as the tariff, is not possible. Three years ago Dmitry Medvedev has charged to create in the regions of the so-called consumer councils. They had to dig into the rates. Where such councils were established, but formally. In fact, the work has not been carried out — it’s too difficult, “butt” with natural monopolies. So, we’re going to have to get used to the increased rent.

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