I write to highlight my predicament in relation to the Non Principal Private Residence charge.
With all of the publicity surrounding the €100 household charge, I feel this charge has been overlooked.
I am a qualified solicitor who was made unemployed in 2009. I went to Australia to further my career in law, but having been unable to find work there, I came home in early 2011. Again, unable to find work on my return, I was forced to move back into my family home and rent the house I had bought as I could not afford the mortgage.
I was contacted by the council in late October 2011 to inform me of my liability for the NPRR for the previous two years. With a €200 a year payment due, and penalties accruing at the rate of €20 a month per yearly charge, my liability now stands at €920.
To clarify matters, I do not own a second home. I own one home. I am informed that I am liable for the charge because I no longer live in it.
This is grossly unfair. My house is not an investment property; it is a home that I can no longer afford due to the actions of the previous government.
There must be a huge number of people who are in the same situation as myself, and it is time we spoke out against this unjust and arbitrary tax.
Mount Merrion, Co Dublin