Energy crisis: in Hauts-de-Seine, a condominium will multiply its gas bill six times

Energy crisis: in Hauts-de-Seine, a condominium will multiply its gas bill six times

The annual bill could range from €25,000 to €200,000 for this condominium in Châtillon, in the Hauts-de-Seine. (© Illustration photo)

Exaggerated numbers. In Chatillon (Hauts-de-Seine), a condominium with 25 residents faces a drastic increase gas bill. After the unilateral termination of the contract by the supplier on August 23, 2022, it can be painful multiplied by six. The increase in gas prices caused mainly by the Ukrainian conflict.

200,000 euros per year

“I don’t understand that we can practice such prices,” complains Audrey Daudignon, president of the co-ownership union council. The annual bill could range from “€25,000” to “120,000 to 200,000 euros”at fixed rates provided by several suppliers. As a result, the condominium should experience a drastic increase in heating and hot water costs.

“We’ve tried everything, contact the deputy, the mayor… We don’t know what to do,” breathes Châtillonnaise. He fears that not everyone can pay. The only solution at this point is to abandon all our plans and tighten your belt”.

What help for a condominium?

What about the tariff shield to freeze gas prices? “With our collective meter, we can’t benefit from that,” says Audrey Daudignon. The reality was confirmed by Caroline Keller, head of the company’s information and communication department National Energy Ombudsman. “Condominiums are not. is not eligible a gas price shield that benefits individuals. However, there is support: it is paid to the supplier, who, after paying the fees, returns it to the co-ownership”.

So co-owners have to pay a high price and wait for this compensation. But this aid “will not completely cover the multiplication of the gas bill”, already warns Caroline Keller. According to a release from the National Energy Ombudsman, many condominiums that have expired contracts now face new prices ranging from up to eight times those from the previous contract.

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