Life is not my forte. There are such people — I call them “household fairies,” because most often they are women — they do everything well: cook food, bring irreparable comfort to the house, knit socks, pay bills. But still there are more people like me - those who are regularly flooded with neighbors, whose pans light up, and whose crookedly hung cornices fall. Any encounter with everyday troubles makes people like us sad and helpless.
One thought that you need to go to Sberbank and pay the receipts, which before that would be nice to fill out by counting the kilowatts burned, makes me powerless. As you know, any visit to Sberbank is a clash with Russia as it is: a live queue for forty minutes, because the electronic one has broken again, and crazy grandmothers who are sure to reproach you for your appearance or an impudent attempt to talk on the territory of Sberbank by phone is the same the bank, is there someone sleeping? Therefore, I prefer not to pay for utilities. I do this a maximum of once a year, by inhuman effort of will taking myself into crooked hands, and for all debts I have to pay twenty thousand to thirty at once. Yes, I know that you can pay off utilities through the Internet bank, but I'm too lazy.
First time i came back
to an apartment without light
five years ago
To combat people like me, a number of measures are provided. If you do not pay utility bills on time, penalties are charged for this (from this word many people thrills). For example, if the rent is five thousand rubles a month, and it has not been paid for half a year, you will have to pay not only 30 thousand, but also a half thousand fine. And if the debt for utility bills is 80% of the price of the apartment, it can be taken through the court.
Those who basically do not pay for water or electricity will sooner or later have to sacrifice household comfort: after six months of systematic ignoring of bills, the utility provider has the right to turn off the hot water supply and electricity. All changes should be warned for a month by sending a warning about a power outage to the mailbox. But I try not to check the mailbox: I'm scared.
The first time I returned to an apartment without light five years ago, when I was still a student. But then it was summer and you could have a little patience. How exactly did I deal with debts then, I remember badly (such memories are squeezed out on their own). The second time, household collapse happened to me at a more conscious age. There was something like November in the yard. By then, I hadn’t paid the receipts for nine months. One evening, I returned home and found a notice on the front door that my electricity had been cut off for non-payment. My dog jumped out of the darkness at me.
The notice recommended immediately contacting Mosenergosbyt if I want civilization to return to my house. I had to collect myself in a fist and the next morning to go there. The electronic queue worked this time. The friendly woman outside the window told me that if I want to turn on the electricity urgently (the next morning), then I will have to pay, in addition to debts, a few thousand more. But you know, at such moments no money is pitiful. The next morning, a drunken bearded electrician appeared - at that moment he was something like a god for me - rustled with some wires in the shield, and the light triumphed in the apartment.
because I have to describe
nothing special, they take
By the way, heating, cold water supply and sanitation, that is, sewage, are never turned off for debts. Although sometimes it seems to me that with my unprincipled behavior I deserve not that.
However, it is unlikely that my everyday troubles can be compared with what other debtors have to go through. My friend’s dad wasn’t allowed to leave the country twice for the fact that his son had not paid the rent for several years (the apartment was registered with his father, so he had problems at the customs office). The bailiffs make the decision to ban the border crossing and send it to the mailbox, which, as we know, is far from being checked by everyone. In summer, a law was passed according to which such a decree cannot be issued if the debt for housing and communal services is less than 10 thousand rubles.
My worst nightmare sometimes visits me in a dream: state people come to me and begin to describe the property. And since I have nothing special to describe, they take my dog. When I wake up, I recall that a dog is a movable property that cannot be taken by law, calm down and continue to pay once a year.
Illustration: Sasha Pokhvalin