Fine Gael, and Fianna Fáil before them, were ‘quite happy’ to give landlords tax emeptions.
That’s according to Sinn Féin Cllr Toireasa Ferris who was responding to a motion by Fianna Fáil Cllr Niall Kelliher, calling for Local Property Tax to be allowed as a legitimate deductible expense for landlords.
The motion was defeated in Kerry County Council – Cllr Ferris, who opposed the motion, described it ‘ridiculous’, saying to make LPT deductible for landlords gave the wrong message to ordinary people.
Cllr Kelliher refuted Cllr Ferris’s assertion, saying the motion was proposed as a ‘small solution’ to bring the vacant 14% of houses in the county, outside holiday homes, into the rental market.
Kerry is experiencing a housing and rental crisis he said, the motion was aimed at people with one or two houses with the deduction acting as a small incentive to encourage them to rent.
Cllr Kelliher also accused Cllr Ferris of ‘stereotyping’ landlords: