New tax for Ross tenants
RESIDENTS IN New Ross are being forced to pay a second home tax – despite not owning any property in the first instance.
Tottenham Estates, one of the biggest landlords in town, has issued a letter to around 50 leasees informing residents they will now have to pay a Non Principal Private Residence (NPPR) charge amounting to €200.
Admitting they do not agree with the charge, Tottenham Estates outlined that a ruling has been obtained from the Attorney General's office, which confirms that this charge applies to their tenants' properties. The 2009 and 2010 charges were paid by the Tottenham Estates. However, from this year onwards the company says it is 'not in a position' to absorb the charge and has 'no option' but to pass it on to leasees in accordance with their leases.
'We have been fighting this charge since the day it came in,' said Tom O'Morchoe, manager of Tottenham Estates in New Ross. 'We would have hoped this would have been resolved but a gun was put to our head by Wexford County Council.'