Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (466)

Finian McGrath

Question:

476 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will clarify an issue (details supplied) in regard to the household charge. [35016/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government)

The Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011 and the Local Government (Household Charge) Regulations 2012 provide the legislative basis for the household charge.

Under the legislation, an owner of a residential property in the State on the liability date of 1 January is liable to pay the household charge by 31 March, unless otherwise exempted or entitled to claim a waiver. The Act places the onus on an owner of a residential property which is situated in the State to assess his or her own liability.

A person who is ordinarily resident abroad and owns a property in the State would be liable for the charge in the same manner as a person resident in the State.