Yekaterinburg residents owe $85 million to area utility companies
In an effort to mitigate the large debt to private sector suppliers, the city has launched Octopus, a program which offsets financial burdens for utility companies, Ekburg.ru reports.
Analysts have noted the issue of nonpayment from residents to property management companies has in turn resulted in nonpayment from residential services providers to utility companies.
Rental property owners constitute the largest demographic of debtors to area utility companies, according to Ekburg.ru.
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