(updated: 08:20 07.11.2018)
MOSCOW, Nov. 7 – RIA News. The National Association of Professional Collection Agencies (NAPCA), which includes about 40 organizations, has become interested in collecting public debt for housing and communal services. This was written by the newspaper "Kommersant" with reference to the head of the agency committee of the Association, Viktor Semenduyev.
According to the newspaper, NAPCA held a meeting dedicated to this topic. The association plans to develop new standards for the selection of housing service providers for the collection agencies and monitoring their efficiency, while counting on increasing the volume of citizens' debt transferred to collectors.
According to Semenduyev, the public utilities are now transferring to collection agencies about 5% of all the debts of the population.
"At the same time, the effectiveness of their own collection is not very high: at the pre-trial stage, it is at the level of 5-10%, at the judicial stage – 15-20%," he said.
Commercial Director of Rosvodokanal, Sergei Prokofiev, said that the company transfers part of the debt to collectors at the pre-trial stage, and at the same time cooperation has extended to the stages of judicial and executive proceedings. In the short term, the volume of overdue debt transferred to collection agencies is planned to increase, Prokofiev added.
In turn, the press service of Mosenergo noted that in connection with the start of regulation of the collection activity, the company "is considering the possibility of attracting professional claimants in order to pay off the debt."
At the beginning of the year, the government approved amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses, aimed at improving the legal regulation of the activities of collectors.
The law, in particular, establishes the possibility of conducting an administrative investigation in identifying offenses in the field of protection of the rights and legitimate interests of individuals during activities to return overdue debts before sending the materials of the administrative case to court.
According to the government, this will allow for a more thorough investigation of administrative cases and the identification of all circumstances that are important for a correct and complete examination.