Tuesday February 18, 2020

Tax break for tenants unveiled in Fianna Fáil housing plans

Darragh O’Brien promises to double vacant site levy, cut limit on local authority spending and increase spending on homelessness services

21st January, 2020
Darragh O’Brien, Fianna Fáil‘s housing spokesman, accused the government of missing “every single target in their own Rebuilding Ireland scheme”. Picture: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ie

Fianna Fáil has promised to give private tenants a €600-a-year tax break and double the rental sector watchdog’s budget for investigating landlords.

The measures were announced as part of the party’s housing policy, which also includes subsidies for first-time buyers, a higher vacant site levy and more spending on homelessness services.

The party’s plans to “help Generation Rent” also included a national rent deposit scheme with a “lifetime...

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