Society must bear responsibility for maintaining joint ownership

24 september 2014

The Analytical Center under the support of the Ministry of Construction and Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation and the State Corporation – Support Fund for the Reform of the Housing and Utilities Sector held the International Scientific Conference “Current issues of residential property management”.

During the event, experts had discussed current issues of residential property management in the CIS countries and Europe, the rules and standards of the residential property management and technical regulation issues.

First Deputy Director General of the Analytical Center Vladislav Onischenko said in his opening speech that the residential property management industry needs a lot of changes, and there are many complex issues associated with its regulation and future development paths. “The industry has inherited the practice of the Soviet period and now it needs appropriate changes, - he said. - It is necessary to formulate proposals during the Conference to the concept of further development of housing and communal services sector in the country”.

Experts have raised questions on the legislative development of the CIS countries and Europe in the interests of all market participants; the experience of Germany, Latvia and Belarus in this field was presented in the reports. Chairman of the International Real Estate Management Association Werner Merkel believes that some experience of Western countries can be transferred to the territory of the former Soviet states. “There are many options for legislative regulation, the municipal government, but there are already models of private companies that run the non-residential property, for example, in Uzbekistan”, - said Mr. Werner. According to him, the difficult situation in the post Soviet space exists now, because the residential property has been handed over to the civil society, and investors did not have an economic incentive to take an active attitude. “But this was the fault both of the current policy, and civil society itself, since so far the owner’s attitude toward the received property didn’t changed”, - said the expert. People do not have awareness of responsibility for maintaining joint ownership in multi apartment buildings, said Mr. Werner. “The desire to see someone acting on behalf of the state that will take care of the common property just inhibits the development, - he said. - As long as people do not realize that they need to economically relate to the available resources, we will not see results”.

The Head of Directorate for Housing and Communal Services of the Analytical Center Maria Shilina spoke about Russian experience regarding the application of modern technologies in the field of apartment buildings management, which can make life easier for managing companies. In her speech the expert pointed out the importance of the provisions needed to be introduced in the legislation related to the licensing activities of managing organizations.

“This year, the Federal Law №209-FZ “On the state information system of housing and communal services”, which will allow to improve the transparency and openness of the tariff policy, and the owners will understand what they are paying for and in what conditions are their homes”, - said the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Housing Policy and Communal Services of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Pavel Kachkaev. According to him, a number of projects that will increase the responsibility of all market participants and improve the system of payment discipline and public services, have already been prepared for consideration. “We are ready to study and apply the experience existing in other countries”, - added Mr. Kachkaev.

Following the results of the Conference the Resolution was adopted by the participants.