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Vacant Properties

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 23 June 2022

Thursday, 23 June 2022

Questions (49)

Steven Matthews


49. Deputy Steven Matthews asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage his views on the introduction of a vacant property tax; if any research has been carried out by his Department into this proposal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32909/22]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Housing for All (published in September 2021) provides a new housing plan for Ireland to 2030 with the overall objective that every citizen in the State should have access to good quality homes through a steady supply of housing in the right locations, with economic, social and environmental sustainability built into the system. The strategy sets out, over four pathways, a broad suite of measures to achieve its policy objectives together with a financial commitment of in excess of €4 billion per annum.

Housing for All commits to a range of measures to address vacancy and maximise the use of existing housing stock including work underway by the Department of Finance through the current Local Property Tax returns to assess the present vacancy situation. Once collated and analysed, this data will provide a new data set on vacant homes including for my Department and local authorities.  In addition, the vacant property tax consideration is being pursued by the Department of Finance and I understand that my colleague the Minister for Finance will consider the vacant property tax in consultation with colleagues, including myself as Minister, before reverting to Government with proposals.