Harris hopes new law will boost business in Wicklow

Local TD Simon Harris has welcomed new legislation that will prevent businesses from being forced to pay rates arrears when they have taken over a new premises.

The Local Government Reform Bill 2013 was debated and passed by the Dail last week. Under this law, new tenants will no longer be liable for the rate arrears of previous tenants.

The previous law meant that if a tenant left a property with commercial rates due then a new tenant must clear there arrears in addition to paying their own rates.

This was seen as a barrier to new businesses opening on our Main Streets and a hurdle for efforts to re-generate our towns and villages.

“I really believe this legislative change will have a positive impact on all communities in County Wicklow,” Harris said.

“I am pleased that this outdated law has been replaced and that now new business owners can set up shop with a clean slate and without the over-hang of debt from past tenants. I commend all
those in business organisations and local authorities who have campaigned for this change and I look forward to seeing its positive impact in County Wicklow and beyond.”

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