Letters urge payment of Household Charge

Leitrim Homeowners who still have not paid the household tax will receive the first of three letters urging payment from this week.

Leitrim Homeowners who still have not paid the household tax will receive the first of three letters urging payment from this week.

If you have failed to hand over the €100 Household charge this year, you will receive a gentle reminder to pay from this week. This is one of three letters you will receive if you fail to make the payment. The first letter will tell the homeowner that late fees and penalties on top of the €100 charge are already €14. The second letter will warn of the consequences of not paying and the third will threaten court action if the bill is not paid by a specific date. In court, the maximum fine is €2,500. Landlords and owners of second homes are due to be the first targeted by the caution letters. The letters will directly identify the owner of the house, using a range of address databases from government departments and state agencies including the Revenue Commissioners, Department of Social Protection, ESB, and the Property Registration Authority. The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA), is continuing to analyse data to identify further householders who have not yet paid the charge. The letters will be sent from Leitrim County Council to residents. Household Charge Project Board chair Jackie Maguire (Leitrim County Manager) said the first batch letters had been sent to a “sample set” following an initial data comparison between the household charge database and other databases.