National housing charity Threshold is warning landlords they cannot pass on the €100 household charge on to tenants.
The Irish Property Owners’ Association announced today not only will it be passing on the tax to tenants, it’s also planning to charge an additional €200 to cover the NPPR ‘second home’ charge.
The IPOA is advising landlords to bill tenants €300 a year upfront, or in €25 installments.
However, Senator Aideen Hayden from Threshold has described the call as “opportunistic and unfair”, telling tenants not to pay the charge under any circumstance.
It followed comments from IOPA chair Stephen Faughnan who said its members would be forced to pass on the extra cost due to the “huge burden of levies, taxation [and] compliance foisted on landlords in recent times”.
Threshold chair Senator Aideen Hayden replied: “I’m horrified that a national representative body would make such a misleading and irresponsible call.
“When the Department of the Environment introduced this charge in the recent Budget, it stated very clearly that owners – not occupiers – would be liable.”