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Second Home

Department clarifies handling fee for second home charge

The NPPR concerns residential properties other than the owner’s principal residence.

THE DEPARTMENT of the Environment has confirmed that owners of second homes face an extra €10 fee if they do not pay those charges online.

The Non-Principal Private Residence Charge (NPPR) affects people who own a residential property (or properties) other than their principal residence. The government says the payments are used to fund local authority services.

A spokesperson for the department today confirmed the handling fee’s introduction to and said that the NPPR has been in place for some time.

A report in the Irish Independent this morning said that a new handling fee for people who did not pay the charge online was being introduced, but the €10 handling fee for over-the-counter payments came into effect from 1 January this year.

People who are liable for NPPR are also liable for the household charge payment.

The NPPR is €200 per property (apart from a principal residence) and is due to be paid by 30 June, after which time a late payment fee of €20 is charged per month or per part of a month the charge remains unpaid.

The NPPR was introduced in 2009 under the Local Government (Charges) act 2009.

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