Around 4,000 people who are opposed to the €100 Household Charge gathered for a protest demonstration near the Convention Centre in central Dublin where Fine Gael was holding its Ard Fheis. The Household Charge - came into force in Ireland on January 1st 2012. Most owners of residential property in Ireland are liable for the household charge on each residential property they owned as at 1st January 2012. Home owners who live outside Ireland are also expected to register for and and pay the charge. The 2012 Household Charge amount is €100
Under the legislation- owners of residential properties are required to make a declaration of liability and to pay the household charge by 31 March 2012
No bills or invoices for the household charge will be sent out – the charge will be on a self declaration basis.
The definition of a residential property includes – houses, maisonettes, flats, apartments and , bedsits. So – the owner of a building split into 5 bedsits will be liable for five lots of Household Charge.
A residential building is liable if it is occupied, or suitable for occupation.
It has been estimated there are about 1.71 million properties that are liable for the Household Charge but it would appear that only 36% of households have registered by close of business on the 30th.