43 Unfinished Housing Estates in Tipperary exempt from €100 Housing Charge

A new property tax called the household charge came into force on 1st January 2012 with the Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011.  The new household charge is direct result of the EU/IMF agreement signed by the former government in an attempt to offset the government deficit of €18 billion.  The household charge is €100 and applies to residential property owners.  The annual charge for non-principal private residences of €200 continues to apply.

Commenting on the recent Department of the Environment publication listing unfinished housing estates exempt from the household charge, Áine Ryan, Partner at Lynch and Partners Solicitors in Clonmel, said, “People living in unfinished estates were granted a waiver and do not have to pay the household charge of €100.  This exemption applies to residents in 43 unfinished housing estates in Tipperary including 16 in South Tipperary and 27 in North Tipperary.”

Unfinished housing estates that are exempt from the household charge in South Tipperary include two estates in Ardfinnan; Ashfield Manor and Ros na Graine, Glennanlocha and Ravenswood in Carrick on Suir, Manor Court in Thomastown, Abbeyview and An Seanline in Fethard.  In the Clonmel area Ard na Sidhe is the only estate that qualifies for the waiver and in Cashel householders in Caislean na Ri, Coopers Close and The Steeples are not liable for the charge.  Householders in one estate in Kilsheelan and Sean Tracy Heights, Kilfeakle, Cois Taire, Goatenbridge, Kilnamanagh Manor, Dundrum and The Paddocks, Thurles are also entitled to avail of the waiver.

Exempt unfinished housing estates in North Tipperary include An Grianan Roundhill and The Terrace/Ardans in Borrisokane and five unfinished estates in Templemore; Cardens Court, Cluain Doire, Ma Chaoin, Oakdale Park and Templemore Retirement.  The area with the highest number unfinished housing estates in Tipperary is Nenagh with nine houses exempt including Ardan Nua, Carrigderg, Castle Oak, Ciamaltha Meadows, Droim an Oir, Drummin Village, Farnamurry Close, Ely O’ Carroll Court, and Springfort Meadows.  A further six estates are exempt in Roscrea; Copper Beech View, Glencarrick, housing development consisting of three two storey terraced houses at Ashbury Road, Gleantara, Roscrea, Tullaskeagh Square, The Grange and Whitethorn Hill.  Glencree and Rosehill in Newport, Farmleigh in Riverstown and the housing development authorised by planning permission 08/510305 (The Village) in Cloughjordan are also all entitled to the waiver.

In addition to the unfinished estates that qualify for the waiver there are a number of other exemptions from the charge: the household charge does not apply to residents who are receiving mortgage interest supplement or residents in social housing.  Properties, other than unfinished housing estates, that are exempt from the household charge are mobile homes, houses owned by the HSE and Government departments,  voluntary housing bodies and charities, or properties in a discretionary trust or if a person has to leave their house due to long-term mental or physical infirmity.

For those residents who do have to pay the household charge Áine Ryan highlighted the additional cost if they postpone their payment, “Householders may not be aware that if they delay in paying the household charge the overall cost to them could be far greater than €100.  Penalties apply for late payment of the household charge and if it is unpaid it attaches to the property for 12 years.  If the payment is less than 6 months overdue there is a 10% penalty, if it is over 6 months, but less than 12 months there is a 20% penalty, payments more than 12 months overdue incur a penalty of 30%.  Additionally, 1% late payment interest applies for every month that the charge is unpaid.”

The Government expects the household charge to generate €160 million, which will be used to finance local authorities, such as emergency services, through the Local Government Fund.  The household charge will continue for 2 years and a property tax will then be introduced, the amount of which will depend on the value of the property and the income of the owners.

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