It is necessary to make changes in the Housing Code

30 march 2015

The expert of the Analytical Сenter Konstantin Shishka participated in meetings of Advisory council concerning energy saving and increase of energy efficiency and the Commission on questions of lifting mechanisms of the Public council at the Ministry of Сonstruction Industry, Housing and Utilities Sectore of the Russian Federation.

During the discussion of questions concerning the duty of premises owners to install consumption metering devices, Mr. Shishka suggested using funds of capital repairs formed by owners on these purposes. "Today types of works connected with the installation of metering devices are excluded from the Housing Code but constituent territories of the Russian Federation have an opportunity to enter the additional list of works on capital repairs and to include in it necessary types", the expert said. "Thus it is necessary to exclude restrictions by types of works for owners who accumulate funds on the separate account; they shouldn't be limited in their choice. Today for carrying out works necessary to the house but not included in the list owners have to increase the minimum size of the payment, and in crisis conditions it creates an additional financial loading".

During the discussion of offers on import substitution of elevators within carrying out capital repairs of apartment houses Konstantin Shishka suggested to carry out the analysis of limit cost of replacement of the lift equipment, and for cutting off of the "garage" manufacturers of the lift equipment dumping in this market to prepare changes in the current legislation to establish the minimum limits of the works' costs. "Today the Housing Code gives to regions the chance to establish the size of a limit cost of capital repairs which can be paid by the regional operator at the expense of the fund of capital repairs created proceeding from the minimum size of payment. However it doesn't regulate the lower threshold of the cost that allows to participate in carrying out of capital repairs to the enterprises which are engaged in garage assembly with the violation of technological process", the expert said.