The dispute between real estate developer Impact and the owners of some of the homes it has developed has escalated. Last week, Impact issued a press release alleging that 800 families living in residential projects built by the developer had not paid their electricity bills. Representatives of owners’ associations from several Impact projects have said they are deliberately withholding payment in protest against the high tariffs imposed by Impact, which in this case is acting as energy re-seller.
The firm said last week that 800 of the 2,000 families who live in Impact-developed residential projects in Bucharest have run up utilities debts, with some owing nearly EUR 4,000. Impact had suggested the state subsidize utilities bills for cash-strapped middle-class families. The total debt of the protesting families is more than EUR 200,000. However, the owners say they are not paying up because Impact was allegedly charging them for electricity illegally, as it does not have a license to supply and distribute electricity.
The owners in the Azur neighborhood have filed a complaint with the European Commission, saying that Impact has broken energy distribution laws.