Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
Mattie McGrath (Tipperary South, Independent)
Question 453: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding property owners who have leased their properties to the local authority under the rental accommodation scheme; if these property owners are liable for the household charge and the non principal private residence charge; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8163/12]
Jan O'Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour)
The Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011 provides the legislative basis for the household charge and that Act also amended the Local Government (Charges) Act 2009 which provides the legislative basis for the charge on non-principal private residences. The 2011 Act has ceased the exemption from payment of the non-principal private residences charge in respect of properties in the rental accommodation scheme with effect from 1 January, 2012. Such properties are also liable to the household charge, unless otherwise entitled to an exemption or a waiver.