Fianna Fáil has published a Bill to provide property tax relief for homeowners who are paying management fees.

According to the party’s Spokesperson on Dublin Senator Darragh O’Brien, there are tens of thousands of homeowners living in managed estates across the country who are paying on the double for many services.

The Fianna Fáil Bill provides a discount on property tax worth a third of the management fee, up to a maximum of €300 a year.

Senator O’Brien explained, “Thousands of people living in apartments or managed estates are paying a fortune in management fees every year.  This pays for some of the services that the council would otherwise provide, including keeping the grounds, maintaining the roads and paths, maintaining public lighting and managing public parking.

“The fact that managed estate dwellers are still liable for the full amount of property tax means that they are paying on the double for many services.  The property tax is supposed to fund local authorities in maintaining residential areas, as well as providing local services. Those paying management fees should get a discount given that they are already paying for the maintenance of public areas around their homes.”

The Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Public Expenditure Seán Fleming will move the Bill in the Dáil this week.

Deputy Fleming said, “The fact is the Government rushed through a deeply flawed property tax system that places an unfair burden on those living in urban areas in particular.  Major reforms are needed.  Reducing the burden on managed estate dwellers is just one element of this.

“Fianna Fáil is committed to sweeping reforms to property tax, as outlined in our submission to review the LPT.  Firstly we will scrap the revaluation date next year, which could see Dublin homeowners facing hikes of up to €300 and €400 in their annual property tax bill.  Under our proposals the existing property tax bands should stay in place until at least 2020 at which time a full review of the operation of the tax should take place.

“We would also lift the burden of property tax for homeowners suffering from serious pyrite damage for three years or until such time as the problem is remediated.  Too many family homes have been devastated by pyrite and it is completely unfair to ask them to pay the property tax while taking on the massive costs and the upheaval of fixing their pyrite problems.

“This Bill is one simple step that the Government can take to address the unfair burden of property taxes on Dublin homeowners in particular.  I will move the Bill in the Dáil this week and I am urging all parties to support it.”