Property Tax over valuation of houses

25th March, 2013

Dear resident,

It has come to our attention in the past week as people continue to receive their Household Charge Bills from the Revenue Commissioners that the current market value of houses, are being grossly overestimated. The Notice of Estimate at the bottom of the page sets out what you should pay for this year. It “ is legally payable by you the resident, UNLESS, you submit a completed Return setting out the amount of Local Property Tax payable by you in respect of this property,” i.e an honest assessment of what you think your property is currently worth.
For example, currently houses in Finglas South are being offered for sale on and for under 100.000 euro . They are actually selling in the region of 55,000. Revenue in their letter to residents in Finglas South are asking for 157 for this year thus estimating that a house in this area to be worth the region of 150,000 to 200,000. The full Household Bill for 2014 will therefore be 314 euro with a review upwards from 2016 onwards.
In Pairc na Cuileann, the Revenue Commissioners have put an estimated value of 250,000 to 300,000 euro on each house. If you agree on this figure the Property Tax for 2014 will be 500 euro. The two City Council built houses are on Willow Park Road, Glasnevin are on the market with an asking price of 165,000. estimate that a 3 bed in Poppintree is worth 135,000 and a four bed is in the 150,000 to 200,000 bracket. Therefore , residents in Pairc na Cuileann fill in section B Band number 2 and enter 112 euro.
This letter is for information purposes and we are not advocating that you pay the Property Tax but if you do decide to pay make sure you do not pay more than you legally have to.

Is mise,

Dessie Ellis.

Receivers of rent supplement must be protected from losing homes – Ellis

Dessie Ellis TD

November 6, 2012

Sinn Fein Housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has called on the government to shield those in receipt of rent supplement from any further cuts and to protect those who are at threat of losing their homes due to cuts already imposed by the Fine Gael and Labour coalition. He made his comments following the publication of a report by Focus Ireland on the Rent Supplement scheme.

Ellis continued;

“The report says that by cutting rent supplement the government were seeking to use it to lower rents generally. Not only is this ethically wrong, playing with the lives of thousands of people on the scheme but it is also a completely wrong policy which has been shown not to work and ignores the reason for higher rents.

“People who were struggling before on rent supplement, are now fearful of losing their homes thanks to government cuts to the scheme. Quite a few already have and are now struggling to find alternative accommodation based on the reduced supplement.

“The government has cut and cut again from the most vulnerable and this cannot continue.

“They must assure people that rent supplement will not be cut in this budget, they must row back on previous cuts and put in place measures which make it easier for people to find accommodation which will take rent supplement and at reasonable rates.

“This should include direct dealings by the state with landlords to secure value for money and good quality accommodation for tenants.”