Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (516)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

516. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government when legislation to provide for the abolition of the non-principal private residence charge will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31700/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The Local Government (Charges) Act 2009 broadened the revenue base of local authorities by introducing a charge on non-principal private residences. The self-assessed charge is set at €200 and liability for it falls, in the main, on owners of rental, holiday and vacant properties.

2013 is the last year of operation of the Charge; I intend that draft legislation will be introduced following the summer recess to give effect to the cessation of the Charge.

It should be noted, however, that unmet 2009 to 2013 liabilities, and any associated late payment fees, will remain and will be pursued.