Thursday 24 May 2018

Letters: Building managers and water charges

Apartment management firms should not have to collect tax. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
Apartment management firms should not have to collect tax. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

* It is reported that Irish Water is considering billing water charges in apartment blocks via their owners' management companies (OMCs), with the OMC then responsible for billing the charges on to individual owners.

As a managing agent working on behalf of OMCs that represent almost 8,000 houses and apartments in the greater Dublin area, I would strongly oppose water charges being billed through OMCs.

These companies are effectively co-ops which work on behalf of apartment owners that manage the common areas of a development (roofs, gardens, etc). Involving management companies in the collection of water charges would be bad for them (and their members) for several reasons:

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