Opportunity only knocks once
According to preliminary data, about 13,000 apartments in Minsk remained still non-privatised
Next month, their tenants will begin receiving utility bills with a separate section, entitled ‘usage charge’, notes the Head of Minsk City Executive Committee’s Housing Department, Alexander Avramenko. Residents of about 1,500 apartments have applied for private ownership and their claims are now underway. However, until their contracts are certified by a public notary, rents and utility charges must be paid.
In all, 19 categories of citizens, including single pensioners and disabled people, have the right to turn the non-privatised housing from rent into social sector housing.
By Inna Kabysheva