Friday, December 07, 2012

Doherty calls on Minster to clarify whether property tax will be charged on pyrite homes

Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, has today (Friday) called on the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD, to clarify whether homes affected by pyrite will be exempt from the property tax.

“I cannot find anywhere in the Local Property Tax Bill any mention of the thousands of homes across the country that have been affected by pyrite. It is unclear whether these homes will be exempt, whether they can apply for a waiver, or what situation they will be facing.

“Thousands of homes across the country, which were built during the boom years, have been badly affected by pyrite. The people living in these homes have had to deal with raised floors, swollen and cracked walls and jammed doors and windows. This is causing very real stress, strain and upset on the families and individuals involved.

“Earlier this year, the Pyrite Report was published and it detailed a traffic light system to categorise pyrite homes according to how much remediation work they need. The report represented major progress, and it put forward a resolution process aimed at ensuring people’s home are repaired sufficiently.

“It would be unjust to impose the property tax on people who already feel their homes are sub-standard, and in some cases, inhabitable. Simply granting waivers to those living with pyrite homes would ensure that they will not have to pay the property tax until their homes have been fully repaired.

“I will be writing to the Minister seeking clarification on this matter.”

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