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Some homes will be left without heating because of debts

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Similar to the previous one, this heating season will also have homes that will be left without heating services, says member of the Board of Latvian Heat Producers Association Andris Akermans. He does say that this measure will not be widely spread.

Problems are generally associated with debts for utility services, especially for heating services in the largest Latvian cities. Residents of the capital owe Rīgas Siltums approximately five million LVL. This amount makes up nearly 5% of the company’s annual turnover, said Akermanis in an interview to Latvian Radio.

He believes these debts keep piling up because of mismatched laws that govern this industry. «No one wants to deal with debtors,»- said Akermanis. He hopes that the amendments to the Residential Housing Management Law from the Economy Ministry, which are currently being reviewed by the Saeima Commission, will help the industry get better. These amendments will set specific terms and duties for housing managers.

The specialist also predicted that heating tariffs are not likely to become lower during this heating season. The only prices that are likely to go down, he said, are prices for natural gas.

Debts for heating services on the beginning of September, 2012 were 23.81 million LVL, according to the survey results of the Association of Local Governments. Compared to last year’s September data, this number did not change significantly – the debt for heating services was 24 million LVL in 2011. Compared to May, however, this amount decreased by 36%.

According to LETA, 19.55 million LVL of the entire 23.91 million LVL are owed by Latvia’s largest cities.

The data compiled by the association reflect the debts owed by housing operators to heating suppliers, while the debts of residents could even be 50% higher – depending on the operator and region, says ALG representative Paulis Barons. He explained that operators often divert other funds to cover heating debts, so that heating would be available as soon as possible. ALG also concludes that payment of important invoices has improved. However, old debts still remain.

As it is known, in the beginning of every heating season, there are houses left out, because some apartment owners have big debts for heating services.

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  1. Kristofen says:

    How is it possible to let a familly with children without heating in winter.That is not human .After all nobody should pay the heating bill then it will force the governement to cancel all the debts at stockholders expenses whose are politicians . Shame on Latvia.

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