#Commentary of Marina Zheynova on adoption by Verkhovna Rada of housing and communal services law
Despite the fact that the heating season has begun not in all the cities of Ukraine, for example in the city of Slavutich, where there was a dilemma: either to pay wages to public sector workers or to start the heating season, and despite student protests in Dnepropetrovsk, where the heating season has not yet started, the parliamentarians of the Verkhovna Rada voted and adopted Law No. 1581 “On housing and communal services”.
People already say that this law would drive Ukrainians into the grave. Apparently, the tragedy in Donbass is not enough for murderous government, where they wanted to get rid of the population, in addition, genocide and destructive policy against the inhabitants of Ukraine throughout the territory are being carried out.
With regard to the law, I commented on it one and a half years ago after its adoption on first reading and compared the tariffs for housing and communal services. Now let us see what we have with this law adopted, and what lays behind the signature of Poroshenko.
The new law affects every Ukrainian. According to the law, the late payment of housing and communal services is subject to impose penalties and fines of 0.01% per each day in arrears. This means that 100 days of delay equals 1% of the arrears, that is, the total amount of the penalty for the whole year will be 3.65%.
The most negative aspect is that a consumer is left alone with mythical short-lived companies, local building-utilities administrator offices, management companies and so on, that is, there are no regulators of this relationship. And the owners of shell companies are the people in power, so it will be extremely difficult to prove their rights to ordinary citizens.
Of course, it is possible to go to law in response to the lawlessness of energy-supplying monopolists, but it is said that one hand washes the other, and it is hardly possible to seek justice, except of wasting hard-earned money and getting jaded nerves.
Against the backdrop of promised subsidies, people simply are made into debts and then they can go for privatization of apartments. Unfortunately, such a sad experience is already being practiced in Ukraine.
It is clear that, stupidity or just out of malice, such laws simply make people play one off against another and now they must help themselves to climb out of that mass grave.
Marina Zheynova, the DPR People’s Council deputy