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Housing companies have to disclose budgetary and other information concerning their activities. Information can only be withheld if it falls under and an exemption stipulated by law.
The applicant, Ms. Djulia Zanni, being dissatisfied with the service provided by the Zhilkomservis No. 3 housing company, a private entity, in the apartment house where she lives, asked the company to provide a full report on its activities in her house from 2007-2010, including a list of works performed and services provided, their costs and provision dates, as well as information on the spending and budget of the company, made up partly from government support and partly from contributions of citizens. The company did not reply to the request and Zanni appealed the mute refusal to court.
The Court fully satisfied the claim and ordered the housing company to provide reports about its activity. It held that according to Article 29 of the Constitution, everyone is free to seek and receive information. Article 161 of the Housing Code also stipulates that housing companies must provide free access to budgetary and other information concerning their activities.
Note: There is high interest in detailed budget information of the housing companies due to suspicion of corruption. This is one of the very first cases where a resident requested and a housing company was obliged to provide information in accordance with the Disclosure Standards.
Judgment of the Court.
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