The new wording of the Law of Ukraine On Housing-Public Utility Services became effective on December 10. The law was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on November 9, signed off by President Petro Poroshenko on December 5, published in a governmental newspaper, Holos Ukrainy, on December 9, and was expected to take effect on the day following its publication, Ukrainian News Agency reports. At the same time, the provisions of the law take force six months following the effective date of the law; in other words the law starts applying from June 10, 2018. In addition, starting January 1, 2019, the provisions of the law that introduce penalties for untimely payments for utility services by the consumers and vice versa entitle the consumers to compensation from a representative of a company for exceeding the repair works, come in force. The new edition of the law envisages several types of agreements between co-owners of a multi-apartment block building and a supplier of utility services: an individual agreement, a collective agreement and an agreement between a service supplier and a collective entity formed by co-owners of the apartment building. The law allows concluding different types of agreements for different utility services. At the same time, a building can select only one type of an agreement for a particular service. The law forbids compulsory cutting off of the centralized heating network and hot water supply network individual apartment owners in multi-apartment buildings and non-residential buildings that are connected to such networks (communications) if other residents of the building choose to disconnect from the utility networks (communications). Before one year expires after the law taking in effect, co-owners of multi-apartment buildings must take a decision on an organizational model of their contractual relations with the providers of utility services (except for electric energy and gas supply) under each type of the utility services. As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, on December 30, President Petro Poroshenko signed the law that envisaged additional UAH 7.6 billion for subsidies for utility services in 2017. The adopted state budget for 2018 envisaged the almost UAH 16-billion increase of the subsidies to the population for utility services, even though the draft state budget for 2018 envisaged cutting the subsidies by 10% to UAH 55 billion year over year.