'' Cuckoo funds ': Sinn Féin seeks end to tax breaks for financiers buying up housing

Sinn Féin is calling on the federal government to change the tax structure connecting to global investment funds that buy residential properties in Ireland.

The celebration will bring a movement prior to the Dáil this week which will demand home funds pay “proper” levels of tax.

It comes as some budget friendly housing bodies were outbid by residential or commercial property funds “ by as much as EUR80,00 0 per house” over the previous 4 weeks.

The Company Post reports the bodies were outbid on more than 400 houses in the last month.

The federal government is presently working on plans to stop worldwide funds from purchasing up finished real estate estates, with Real estate Minister Darragh O’Brien considering a range of measures to deal with the ‘cuckoo funds’.

Sinn Féin’s Representative on Financing, Pearse Doherty, informed On The Record with Gavan Reilly that the issue needs to be dealt with urgently.

Pearse Doherty requires end to tax breaks for ‘cuckoo funds’ buying up real estate stock

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” The largest personal proprietors in the State are these funds … they have thousands of properties and they mean to increase their grab in relation to rental homes, especially in Dublin,” he said.

” They pay no tax on the income they have, the tax structure is designed in a way that it is only in fact paid by the financiers, however the investors in the primary are the likes of pension funds worldwide which are exempt from any type of tax also on these funds.

” That’s why it’s so profitable, it’s not almost stamp responsibility, it’s also taking a look at the other tax benefits that have been provided for these funds.”

It follows two UK mutual fund grabbed practically all the homes in 2 real estate estates in Dublin and Kildare with strategies to rent them out to Irish households.

Funds such as those can be referred to as “tax-neutral” which’s why they can “outbid and outprice” regular families, Mr Doherty added.

” It’s not just that we’re looking for, we’re also trying to find a restriction where these funds would actually enter and purchase homes that have actually been developed.

” I’ve listened to the federal government this week rushing like headless chickens to get media lines to suggest that this just dropped from the sky today that it was the first time it occurred, that’s codswallop.

” This has been occurring for years.”

Next week Sinn Féin will require a vote in the Dáil to end tax breaks for Investment Funds buying up family homes and rising home prices.
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Mr Doherty stated there are 2 ways in which these home finds can come in and purchase housing that isn’t on the market.

One is through forward funding, where they money the developer to buy the land and work out the real estate plan, he described.

The second is through forward purchasing where there’s “an agreement with the developer that they will acquire your houses at the end”.

However, forward moneying “doesn’t take place in Ireland”, so the concept that these funds “are putting the money on the table for the entire estate with the contract of the designer at day dot does not occur”, he said.

” What is happening is forward buy where they generally go in and they see a designer has preparing authorization for 400 houses or 900 homes in some cases and they say, ‘We’ll go and purchase them off you when you’re ended up,” he included.

” We need to take a look at not just tax however preparation in relation to this.

” These funds are looking at a return of equity in relation to about 4%, when you really tax them and if you tax them appropriately, then you actually take that far from them so for that reason it does not end up being profitable any longer.

” We require to take away the advantage, the reason this is happening is since there is a tax structure there that makes it really rewarding for these funds to come in which have billions of euro of firepower and have the ability to outbid others in the market be they housing bodies or novice buyers.”

Main image: Sinn Féin Finance Representative Pearse Doherty speaking outdoors Leinster House in Dublin in 2015. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire/PA Images

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