Russia Extending The Free Public Housing Privatization for Two More Years…

bbThis is a subject that I have talked very little about and I am only talking about this subject now out of curiosity. Curiosity that stems from coming from a totally different society and mindset. It simply has to do with people being given their living quarters free and clear, after the fall of the Soviet Union. This is the coffee thinking’s today on this crisp, cold and sunny day…

It seems that in July of 1991, the Russian Federation passed legislation permitting tenants of municipal and departmental housing to acquire their units free of charge. I have over the years listened and studied the Russians I know and I can tell you that most if not all of the 100+ Russians that I have associated with, have at least one if not two or more paid for living quarters. Yes that is correct, they own their home(s), “Lock Stock and Barrel!”

The only real problem I saw with this, was the fact that many people never signed up and got the paper work done. In fact people that I see complaining are too lazy to take care of the paperwork and get their home in their name free and clear…

Putin just stated as a matter of, “It Will Happen!” –

“The president (Putin) believes that taking into consideration social significance of this problem it is necessary to raise the issue of prolonging public housing privatization for all categories of citizens for two more years,” The president’s spokesman, Peskov said.

“Therefore we proceed from the assumption that this issue will be studied in this manner, which will allow those categories of citizens, who failed to do this in time, to privatize their flats free of charge, although to be fair it’s worth noting that there was enough time to complete all privatization procedures,” Peskov said.

He noted that the issue of free public housing privatization “is very sensitive and concerns a great number of citizens.” The expiry date of free privatization is March 1, 2013. This is looming soon…

I have listened to Sveta and her mother. They have accomplished this task many years ago and because of Sveta’s aunt taking care of her side of things. Sveta and I have a place to live that is paid free and clear. We paid the family money and now the new unit we are in has no mortgage at all, zip, zill and no bank involved…

Living house payment free is strange experience for this American. I have paid off a home in the past, but I stupidly loaned on it and started a failing business. So in the end, I went two months with no house payment and then borrowed against it and then ended up loosing the home as collateral on a business venture…

The mind set in Russia is so different than from what I came from. Russians value family, security and most of all no taking out loans. In the end they have more money to spend and yet they make so much less than in the western side of the world…

Since most of these people are not getting the paperwork done, because they have always been supplied a home and it looks to be that nothing has really changed in their lives. So the threat of losing their home over the simple fact that they are lazy, means nothing to them and by what I see. They are correct…

Russia is now extending the deadline for people to get their flat put in their name – FREE!

This has been going on since 1991…

I ask you to stop a second and image the money that you would have available to spend on everyday life and even vacations, if your home was paid for and utilities where around a quarter of what you pay for them now!

No really think! I watch the world in Russia that I live in. I watch people with totally free healthcare, free homes and literally free utilities in comparison to the western world. Food staples are dirt cheap and to top it off many Russians have free or greatly reduced priced public transport…

As a society Russia has much more free spending money than many Americans. I know that my dollar goes much farther here in Russia and “That is That!”

So back to the subject at hand…

Russians have been allowed two more years to get their flats put in their names, free of charge. I know that it happens because all the Russians I know have done it and they all live in a flat that is paid for. The future generations of Russians are in a good way, if they are smart about how they treat their homes they inherit…

Why Sveta’s son Misha will inherit 4 paid for units, with no debt on them when his adult members pass away. Think about the possibilities available to future generations to live without debt strangling them all their life. He can lease these units and live happily forever after…

I bet they extend this deadline at least one more time in the future…

Russians! That is why I love Russia…

Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia…


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