Moscow Mayor's Office plans to abolish the benefits for rents provided to small businesses since 2008, when they were introduced as a measure to combat the crisis.
Representatives of the Moscow City Hall believe that the time of crisis has passed, so now all entrepreneurs should be given equal conditions.
Since 2008, in connection with the introduction of benefits, 2,5% of entrepreneurs (including representatives of small businesses) had the opportunity to rent premises at a price significantly lower than the market price. So, in 2012, the preferential rental rate was 1,8 thousand rubles. per sq. m, while the market price did not fall below 6 rubles. per sq. m. With the abolition of benefits, the Moscow City Hall hopes to get an additional 000-5 billion rubles into the budget.
The head of the social affairs committee, Alexander Groth, believes that the abolition of benefits will lead to dramatically negative consequences for small businesses. Dmitry Nesvetov, president of the Association of Dry Cleaning and Laundry Enterprises, believes that small businesses will have to face a choice - either leave the market or raise prices.