Can water be turned off for non-payment? | Housing and communal services | Real estate

Can water be turned off for non-payment?  |  Housing and communal services |  Real estate


Lawyer Timur Hardy noted that in an apartment building (MKD) it is impossible to turn off the water supply – both cold and hot.

“The authorities have built a mechanism in such a way as to protect the rights of bona fide owners of premises in apartment buildings. For this purpose, there are two main documents in this area – the Rules for the provision of utility services, approved by Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation dated 05/06/2011 No. 354, and the Regulations on the recognition of premises as residential premises, residential premises unsuitable for habitation, an apartment building in disrepair and subject to demolition or reconstruction, garden a house as a residential building and a residential building as a garden house, approved by Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of January 28, 2006 No. 47,” says the specialist.

According to him, the first document provides that it is impossible to turn off the utility service if, as a result, other bona fide owners – those who have no debts – will suffer or the debtor’s apartment will become uninhabitable. “The second document establishes that the lack of hot water supply makes the premises in an apartment building unsuitable for living. This is only possible in a one- or two-story house,” the expert emphasized.

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