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Plan to add 'Local Property Tax' to Council rents opposed

23 February, 2013


A Government plan to make local authority tenants pay additional rent to meet the liability of Councils for the Family Home Tax ('Local Property Tax') is being opposed by Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillors. They have tabled a motion to the City Council under Section 140 of the Local Government Act 2001 requiring the Dublin City Manager not to add the property tax to rents.

Announcing the motion, Sinn Féin Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha revealed that he had learned from Council officials today that the Fine Gael/Labour Government is planning to legislate to add the tax to the rent bill of tenants.

He said: 

“We are strongly opposed to the inequitable Family Home Tax. That it really is a Family Home Tax and not a Property Tax is proven by the plan to levy it on the rents of local authority tenants who do not own the council properties which are their homes. In most cases these are families and individuals on low or moderate incomes and they are to be further levied with this unjust tax. 

“In the current economic climate it is another burden on struggling families. 

“We believe such a property tax on rents for properties which they do not own would be open to legal challenge. I learned today that the Fine Gael/Labour Government is planning to legislate to require local authorities to impose this tax on tenants. 

“Sinn Féin Councillors have tabled a motion under Section 140 of the Local Government Act 2001 requiring the Dublin City Manager not to increase the rents of tenants on the basis of the Property Tax. It will be debated at the March meeting of the City Council on Monday 4 March and we are urging all Councillors to support it.”

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