HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS AWAIT BEING PUT IN ORDER
The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has approved a program of measures to further streamline maintenance of apartment housing stock by 2021.
A program on repair, beautification and improvement of maintenance conditions for the apartment housing stock by 2021 ranks among the considerable components of the document. It is envisaged to allocate 1.8 trillion soums in its implementation.
The document stipulates measures on overhaul and current repair of public sites, landscaping, repair and replacement of elevator equipment, as well as integrated measures to improve the maintenance and repair system in apartment housing.
The program will be financed from own funds of private homeowners’ associations (PHA), regional budgets, the Housing and Utility Services Development Fund, loans from international financial institutions and Uzbek banks, as well as through leasing.
Uzpromstroybank was assigned as an authorized bank to ensure financing for housing and utility services organizations for the first time. In the framework of the program, other commercial banks of the country will allocate preferential loans to the Repair and Restoration Service State Unitary Enterprise and PHA for a period of five years, at a rate not exceeding the refinancing rate of the Central Bank.
The head of state assigned commercial banks to prolong the loans that were previously issued to private homeowners’ associations for repair and rehabilitation works and beautification of territories adjacent to multi-apartment houses, at the request of borrowers for a period of five years.
Another important area envisages the foundation of a new structure under the Ministry of Housing and Utility Services. It is going to be a Unified Settlement Center with municipal, district, and, if necessary, interregional branches. It will provide PHA with accounting and consulting services, as well as collection of mandatory contributions from association members on a contractual basis.
Under a new regulation, the amount of compulsory contributions of owners of residential and non-residential premises for maintenance of common property and territories adjacent to apartment houses is established by a private homeowners’ association at a rate not lower than the minimum rate, which is annually approved by the Ministry of Housing and Utility Services.
A board chairman of a private homeowners’ association will be elected if he is a certified graduate of Kommunalo’quv Educational and Methodological Center, and with the approval of his nomination by the head of the housing and utility services department of the district or city, or released from the position by the decision of the general meeting of PHA members.
According to experts, the implementation of these measures would dramatically improve the technical condition and maintenance of apartment housing stock, allow timely repair and restoration works, and ensure a coherent interaction of local executive authorities and PHA.