New legislation came into effect this week requiring owners of rateable property to notify Donegal County Council when there is a change in the occupation of their property.
Section 32 of the 2014 Local Government Act which requires owners to inform the Council if the property is being sold or if there is a change in tenancy, including where a property becomes vacant.
Garry Martin, Director of Finance with Donegal County Council said: “It is important that all owners of rateable property are aware of this change as failure to notify the Council of this change within 14 days will result in a hefty financial penalty for the owner.”
The penalty is an amount equivalent to up to two years of outstanding rates from the previous occupier. Any penalty due and outstanding by an owner of relevant property due to non-notification will remain a charge on the property.
Mr Martin added: “All ratepayers are reminded that they are legally required to discharge all commercial rates due from them prior to their departure from a property or prior to the sale or transfer of an interest in a property. Any rates due and outstanding by an owner of relevant property will remain a charge on the property.”
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