The housing sector should be subject to a fast and high-quality monitoring

7 april 2015

An expert discussion of topical questions on data originations and key directions of operational analysis of the housing and utilities sector of Russia in a crisis took place at the Analytical Center.

"Today we discuss with experts in the sphere of housing and communal services the most important issues, related to the sources of objective information about the housing sector, as well as the list of indicators that can be used to enable faster and better monitoring of the current state of the industry", said Maria Shilina, the Head of Directorate for Housing and Communal Services at the Analytical Center. This event will not be a single one, a number of such meetings will take place in the near future, the expert said.

Mikhail Nikolsky, the Member of the Expert Council of the Government of the Russian Federation considers the issue very relevant, especially in times of crisis. "We have a serious task - regular monitoring of the attitude of citizens to the housing sector, said the expert. Unfortunately, we do not have sources of regular expert information. In addition, many actions, taken by federal executive authorities in recent times, do not take into account risks that automatically plus to any changes." Mr. Nikolsky believes, that if not to provide for a system of risk at the design phase of the project, the entire system will be exposed to the threat. According to him, in addition to the rapid response to the current financial and economic situation, it is necessary to build a comprehensive, independent monitoring system. "The base of the data analysis should be available, and its information should be regularly updated", says Mr. Nikolsky.

Experts noted key systemic risks in the field of overhaul, licensing and alternative boilers. In their opinion, special attention should be paid to technological disasters. The source of information may be legislative initiatives of the Ministry of Construction and the Ministry of Energy, legislative practice on the newly adopted laws, media publications and information received from the State Housing Supervision, public organizations and call-centers.

"We have identified 23 potential sources of data, which ultimately can give us the most objective picture. Also, we have identified indicators needed to be collected", said Ms. Shilina, adding that a detailed discussion of materials for their subsequent submission to participants of the housing and communal services market is scheduled for the next month.