Over 50 unfinished estates in Limerick area exempt from household charge

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

THE Department of the Environment has published a list of over 50 unfinished housing estates in the Limerick area where residents will be exempt from the €100 household charge.

THE Department of the Environment has published a list of over 50 unfinished housing estates in the Limerick area where residents will be exempt from the €100 household charge.

A spokesman for Limerick County Council said that a number of people had contacted the local authority in the past week in the belief that they were exempt from the charge.

But some unfinished estates in the county are not considered by the department to be so far from completion that they qualify for a waiver.

The department last year gathered data from around the country on unfinished estates, dividing them into four categories. Estates where the developers have abandoned work or are effectively inactive are not subject to the charge.

But where work is continuing or a receiver appointed with the intention of finishing the development, residents will still have to pay up.

While the charge - introduced by Minister Phil Hogan to put local authority finances on a more sustainable footing - is being collected centrally (

see www.propertycharge.ie or call 1890357357) both Limerick County and City Councils are accepting payments in cash.

Only 15 people paid Limerick City Council in the first week of the new year while the figure at Limerick County Council was just 16. People can also fill out forms and pay the charge at the area offices in Newcastle West, Rathkeale, Croom, Kilmallock and Annacotty.