Only half of properties entitled to exemption have applied for waiver

Published 16/10/2012 | 11:09

Members of the public at a protest against the household charge which took place as Minister James Reilly was in Balbriggan to open the Fumbally Exchange.

THE council believes that there are some 3,318 properties in Fingal that are exempt from the household charge because they are built in unfinished estates but only half of those properties have applied for an exemption.

Answering a question on the issue from Cllr. David O'Connor (NP), the council explained: ' The owner of a residential property situated in an unfinished housing estate, as provided for in the Schedule to the Local Government (Household Charge) Regulations 2012, is entitled to claim a waiver from payment of the Household Charge for 2012.

'Property owners who consider that they qualify for the waiver must register their property with the Household Charge Bureau.' 'Our records indicate that there are 3,318 properties in Fingal in "unfinished estates". 'According to the latest information we have from the Household Charge Bureau, 1,675 householders in the Fingal area have registered their properties for a waiver of the household charge under the "unfinished estates" category.'

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