Irish Mirror | Call for an end to pyrite mess

by Bregs Blog admin team

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Pyrite protest

Pyrite is never far from the headlines and in this recent article in the Irish Mirror by Mary McDonnell  “Call for an end to pyrite mess”, uncertainties, costs and the difficulties associated with obtaining relief from property tax for houses affected by pyrite are discussed. For direct link to article on November 8th 2014 click  here.

Previously we posted a “Quick history of pyrite- press articles” to give an overview of the history of pre 2012 cases of pyrite. Other posts of interest are listed below including some more recent cases discovered, which have led to the complete demolition of buildings. Based on Department estimates the cost to the taxpayer of pyrite remediation for pre 2012 affected properties, 12,250 homes, could be in excess of €780m.

Extract:

Call for an end to pyrite mess

Couple forced to leave their ravaged home

Thousands of broke families are being forced to fork out up to €3,000 to prove their homes are riddled with destructive pyrite, the Irish Sunday Mirror can reveal.

Around 10,000 homeowners were assured they would get an exemption from Property Tax for three years.

But it has emerged they’re still being taxed on “valueless” homes – as

legislation forces them to pay thousands to officially show the property was damaged by the mineral.

Socialist TD Clare Daly told the Irish Sunday Mirror: “The Government brought in an exemption so that

somebody can benefit from not having to pay a couple of hundred euro every year. But for them to get that they have to pay thousands.”

“It was never intended to be like that. Clearly they messed up in designing the statutory instrument,” she said, adding that the situation must be corrected.

Mersiha and husband Emir bought their three-bed dream home in Meath nine years ago for €240,000.

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Pyrite damage

It’s since been ravaged by the destructive substance, forcing them to abandon their property. Now they have to pay Local Property Tax on a house they can’t live in – which Mersiha said is “like salt in the wounds and they’re rubbing it in”.

The Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 provides for a temporary exemption of at least three years from Local Property Tax for homes with “significant pyritic damage”. Houses must undergo a Building Condition Assessment and be given a Damage Condition Rating of two by a qualified engineer to qualify.

This costs up to €600 and all funds are repaid by the Pyrite Resolution Board.

But to be exempt from the hated Property Tax, homeowners have to prove the damage was definitely caused by harmful pyrite – with an invasive core test which can cost €3,000.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan told Deputy Daly his officials are “examining the alternatives other than testing” which will grant struggling families a tax break.

Other posts of interest:

Homebond | Assigned Certifier + defects liability policy for €2,000?

Why did Phil Hogan think SI.9 would cost less than €3000 ?

Pyrite: the spiraling cost of no Local Authority Inspections

Are Design and Assigned Certifiers risking professional suicide with Pyrite and S.I.9?

Was pyrite discovered in concrete blocks in 2013?

Pyrite & SI.9- what happens now?

RTÉ News: Louth housing scheme to be demolished over pyrite

Dáil : Pyrite Remediation Programme: 10th June 2014

Government Reports & Professional Opinion Ignored in S.I.80

The regulations ignore key recommendations of the Pyrite Panel

Clear and auditable trail: consumer protection? BC(A)R SI.9

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