Just 5,000 escape property tax because they live in ghost estates
JUST over 5,000 homeowners living in ghost estates will be exempt from the property tax.
This is because the Department of the Environment has decided that their homes are located in estates which have been substantially improved over the last year.
It is a sharp fall in the number of homes exempt from the €100 household charge introduced last year, where 1,322 developments – or 43,000 households – did not have to pay.
The department said today that the waiver from the tax will apply to 421 developments, which includes approximately 5,100 households.
The waivers have been introduced because essential works including pavements, street lighting, sewer systems and green spaces were not completed.
Many of the estates have been abandoned by developers, while local authorities and NAMA are also involving in making improvements.
The list of property tax exemptions was produced by the Department of the Environment using data from the State’s 34 city and county councils.
Councils provided updated lists to the department last month.
Environment Minister Phil Hogan said the reduced number of waivers came because progress had been made to tackling ghost estates.
“It is right and proper that households in unfinished developments should be exempt from payment of the Local Property Tax,” he said.
“The number of properties eligible for a waiver reflects the progress made in tackling unfinished housing developments.
“I would urge people not to assume that just because they were eligible for a waiver from the household charge they will be eligible for an exemption from the local property tax. The list has changed substantially reflecting the improvements made by local authorities in resolving problems in unfinished housing developments.”