The cost of utilities in the second half of 2023 in the Sverdlovsk region may increase by 9.3%. This follows from the document, which published on the regional portal of legal information.

The department of information policy of the governor specifies that we are talking about the maximum level by which utility bills can be increased over the next year. According to the logic of the authorities, such a measure “is aimed at protecting the rights of consumers from a sharp increase in utility bills.” The final figures will be confirmed towards the end of this year.

The payment for housing and communal services is recalculated annually, each time the authorities set a limit for it in order to avoid a sharp increase in mandatory payments. However, even taking this into account, the numbers in receipts in 2023 will increase more than in the last eight years.

“The proposed index is comparable to the average consumer price growth index for the country, determined by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation in the forecast of Russia’s socio-economic development for 2023. We add that the proposals of the regions on the maximum level of growth in payments will receive an expert assessment in the government of the Russian Federation, and only after that these standards can be approved in relation to specific territories, ”the governor’s information policy department said.

The previous sharp increase in the communal apartment occurred in 2015 – then the tariffs were allowed to increase by 14.2%. After that, the level of maximum growth began to gradually decrease – from 8.2% in 2016 to 3.1% in 2022. In 2023, judging by the proposal of the authorities, the growth rate of rent can triple at once. But even so, this percentage will not exceed annual inflation, which, according to the Central Bank’s forecasts, will reach 14-17% this year. In 2022, the rent increase has already taken place: in Nizhny Tagil, tariffs have increased by 1.7% since January 1, and by another 2.4% since July 1.

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