The Local Government (Charges) Act 2009, as amended by the Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011, introduced a €200 annual charge on non principal private residences, payable by the owners to the local authority in whose area the property concerned is located.
A non exhaustive list of exemptions is as follows
1. Principal Private Residences
2. Where a person partly occupies a dwelling as his or her sole or main residence and avails of the Revenue Commissioners’ Rent-a-Room Scheme
3. Residential property owned by certain charities or comprised in a discretionary trust.
4. Where a person is moving house and, in the process, owns two houses for a relatively short period.
5. Joint ownership of a property after a divorce or separation agreement where the second residence becomes the primary residence of one party.
6. Where a person who owns a principal private residence vacates the dwelling in question because he or she is long-term incapacitated as a result of physical or mental illness.
7. Where a residence is occupied rent-free by a relative of the owner and the owner resides on the same property or within two kilometres of the residence in question.
The charge was €200 per year but if it went unpaid, significant surcharges were added to it.
If you are purchasing a property, you need to be sure the Non Principle Primary Residence Charge was paid by the previous occupant or that the property was exempt at the time.
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