Martin: Government has no intention of helping homeowners of defective properties

20th February 2018

Homeowners facing bills of up to €30k to rectify shoddy building work 

Tens of thousands of homes affected by legacy defects 

The Green Party today called on the Taoiseach to meet homeowners dealing with legacy building defects as a result of failures in building regulation. The call comes as some homeowners face bills of up to €30,000 to rectify issues.

Speaking at Leaders’ Questions today, Green Party Deputy Leader and TD for Dublin Rathdown, Catherine Martin, said: “Last Summer, the Dáil passed a Green Party motion calling on the Government to regulate the construction industry and institute a redress scheme for homeowners. Last month, the Oireachtas Housing Committee issued a report which called for a redress scheme to help homeowners.  Instead of rising to and responding to these calls, the Government has done nothing. These homeowners feel alone and abandoned.

“Today I called on the Taoiseach to meet with these homeowners, to see first-hand the nightmare they are dealing with, through no fault of their own. Unfortunately, the Taoiseach’s response was as disappointing as Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy’s, who failed to reply to my request for a meeting. It is clear that the Government have no intention of helping these homeowners is distress.

“This problem will not go away. There are tens of thousands of properties affected by defects, nationwide. They have no remedies, and nowhere to turn for homeowners who find themselves in this awful situation, and it’s up to the Government to take action.

“Practical, reasonable measures which could ease the burden on homeowners include relief on income tax for work to be carried out, a suspension of Local Property Tax, creating a loan fund for those who cannot pay or VAT relief along the lines of the Home Renovation Initiative. The Government has completely refused to consider helping these homeowners in any way.”