During the 10 days of Russian aggression, realtors from Western Ukrainian branches of the Association of Real Estate Specialists of Ukraine (ARESU) provided free assistance in housing more than 100,000 refugees from the east of the country.
To date, Western Ukrainian cities are flooded with requests for resettlement from the Kyiv, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Luhansk, Sumy, Chernihiv, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson and other regions of Ukraine, although there have been no vacant accomodations for 5 days already, President of the ARESU Yuriy Pita told .
"Realtors coordinate resettlement in schools, social infrastructure facilities, and dormitories, but even here there are not enough vacant accommodations," he said.
According to him, real estate specialists, together with local authorities, amid uproar, prevent an unreasonable increase in rental prices.
At the same time, as the head of the ARESU noted, more than 30% of apartment owners in Western Ukrainian regional centers provided refugees with their housing for free.
According to Yuriy Pita, realtors in Kharkiv, Odesa, Mykolaiv, Sumy, Chernihiv, Dnipro, Zaporizhzhia, Zhytomyr, Kherson, Kyiv and the region and a number of other cities that are at the epicenter of hostilities, bombings, or potential threats are actively volunteering.
"Volunteering realtors, according to a preliminary estimate, collected material and financial assistance in the amount of over 1 million UAH. Also, the ARESU members join the ranks of the territorial defense forces of their cities. In addition, realtors provide assistance in the evacuation of the population, coordinating the departure of as many people as possible from dangerous cities and towns," he explained.
Also, together with the State Property Fund of Ukraine, the ARESU is actively working to identify suspicious tenants and possible saboteurs.