Mica homeowners have exemptions to property tax ‘removed’

Revenue has told some homeowners they have to pay the LPT because they haven’t been admitted onto the scheme yet, as hundreds wait on Donegal County Council to deal with a major backlog of applications

Darragh O'Brien, the Housing Minister, announced a series of enhancements to the defective blocks grant scheme last November, following a years-long campaign by campaigners in Donegal and Mayo. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Revenue has told some mica-impacted homeowners their exemption to local property tax – promised by Paschal Donohoe last year – has been removed because they haven’t yet been confirmed as eligible for the state’s redress scheme.

Several homeowners in Donegal have received a letter from the agency informing them that they owe two years’ worth of local property tax because the council has yet to confirm they are eligible for entry to the scheme.

It comes as hundreds of people around the country wait for the authority to process their applications, following a controversial year-long backlog caused by a disagreement over a technical issue between Donegal County Council and the Department of Housing.