Approximately 60 percent of households in Co Leitrim paid the Household Charge by 5.30pm on June 13 with a small percentage seeking a waiver due to unfinished housing estates or availing of mortgage interest supplement.
The figures, released by the office handling the Household Charge last week, said that a total of 192 waivers had been granted in Co Leitrim with 7,694 out of an estimated 13,069 houses in the Co now registered and paid. By 5.30pm on June 13 Co Leitrim householders had paid a total of €773,405 in charges and penalties.
Nationally, 924,884 properties have registered and €92.9 million raised to date with 884,602 properties registering on or before the original deadline of 31st March 2012. Since this date a further 40,282 properties have been registered and paid penalties and interest of between €11 and €13 in addition to the €100 charge.
17,219 properties have been registered for waivers. €92,917,309 has been raised to date and money continues to be paid in daily. Penalties and interest continue to accrue for those properties which have yet to be registered. The Household Charge still has approximately 17,000 applications on hand waiting resolution.
A formal project group has been established to progress data sharing across the agencies listed in the legislation; Non Principal Private Residence (NPPR), the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB), Revenue Commissioners, Social protection and ESB Networks. The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) has also begun the process of analysing data to identify householders who have not yet registered and paid the Household Charge.
A local authority has legislative power to bring legal proceedings for an offence. However, before any proceedings are commenced those who haven’t paid will be written to and given the opportunity to pay.
Jackie Maguire, Chairperson of the Household Charge Project Board “encourages those homeowners who have not yet registered their properties to do so as soon as possible before additional penalties and interest charges apply”.
“We are nearing completion of our first data set match and we anticipate that the results of this data set analyses will allow local authorities to send out their first batch of reminder letters next month to those homeowners initially identified in the data set as not having registered and paid,” she said.
“Over the coming months as further databases are compared, letters will issue to homeowners as they are identified, advising them of the outstanding charge on their property”.
People who wish to pay the Household Charge can do so online at www.householdcharge.ie by credit/debit card or by cheque/Postal Order/Bank Drafts at their local authority office. Or they can download forms from www.householdcharge.ie and post to Household Charge, PO Box 12168, Dublin 1.
Massive debts mounting on NPPR
Massive debts are now outstanding for those householders who have failed to register and pay for any properties which qualify for the Non Principal Private Residence (NPPR) charge.
The NPPR charge is an annual charge of €200 introduced by the Local Government (Charges) Act 2009 in respect of all residential property not used as the owner’s sole or main residence. The charge applies to any additional home which is not the primary residence of the owner including properties rented out by the owner or used as holiday homes.
Speaking at the recent monthly Council meeting, Cllr Tony Ferguson said he understood that those who had failed to register their NPPR for the charge since the initial demand for €200 was made in June 2009, now owed accrued penalties and charges totalling €2,300 for each qualifying property.
He said it was particularly important that those living overseas but who owned holiday homes or other properties here in Ireland, understood that they were liable for this charge and also for the Household Charge as well.
“The penalties are charges are mounting up very quickly for this,” he warned.
County Manager, Jackie Maguire, said that it was up to the owner of households qualifying for the NPPR charge to self declare and meet all payment requirements.
The 2012 charge of €200 for the NPPR is due for collection on or before June 30. To register and pay visit the dedicated website www.nppr.ie