Limerick City second property owners urged to avoid penalites by paying the NPPR

Friday, 30th October 2009


Limerick City Council is urging owners of second properties in the city who have not yet paid the €200 annual change introduced earlier this year to do so by November 1st to avoid paying penalties.

The €200 charge was introduced by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government under The Local Government (Charges) Act 2009.

Limerick City Council is responsible for collecting the €200 charge from owners of second properties. The charge is based on self declaration by the owner as the onus of payment is on the person who owns the property.  The income derived from the payments will go straight to the local authority in which the second home is situated.

Limerick City Council Acting Head of Finance Pat Murnane said payment of this charge was initially due by 30 September 2009.

“Following this, there was a months grace for payment and time is now running out,” he explained. “To avoid having to pay penalties people should register now and pay the €200 before the 1st November. Registering a property is straightforward. It can be done through City Hall during office hours or on the NPPR web site (www.nppr.ie) which is very straightforward and can be done at any time,” he added.

A late payment fee of €20 per month will accrue against any eligible property that is not registered.

 Failure to register and pay the charge could also result in prosecution by Limerick City Council.

Failure to pay is likely to lead to difficulties in selling the property as the person buying it would become liable for any charges and fees outstanding in respect of the property concerned.

Nationwide, €34.9m was collected yesterday morning, (Thursday, October 29th) under this scheme.

Mr Murnane continued: “Yesterday morning (29/10/09) there was 3,088 properties registered on the NPPR website in the Limerick City Council area, with 500 hundred properties registered in the last 24 hours on the NPPR website.  It is important to note that the money collected will go back to the local authorities to be spent on the provision of services for the local community.”

Anyone wanting to find out more about the charge and whether it applies to them can log on to the NPPR web site (www.nppr.ie) where there is a comprehensive frequently asked questions section.
This also provides information on who is liable, how you can make the payment and what to do if you are uncertain of your liability.
Alternatively people can contact Limerick City Council (061-415799) directly during office hours.


For further information, please contact:

Pat Murnane 
Acting Head of Finance – Limerick City Council
pmurnane@limerickcity.ie
Tel: 061-407100

Last update:30/10/2009

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