Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What happens if I don't pay my rates?
If you are having difficulty paying your rates we encourage you to discuss it with us before your payment is due. Special arrangements can be made to prevent further legal action. However it should be noted that late or unpaid rates will still incur a penalty of 10.50% per annum.
If you pay your rates annually and your payment is late, penalty interest will be charge on all outstanding amounts after the due date, as though the rates were being paid by instalments until paid.
Late payment of a quarterly instalment will be charged interest from the date the instalment was due.
If you pay your rates monthly and you miss two monthly instalments you will be expected to pay the lump sum by the due date, February 15. If the full amount is not paid by this date penalty interest will apply.
You will continue paying penalty interest on overdue rates and charges until we have received full payment of the outstanding amount.
We may recover any outstanding amounts plus interest in a magistrates court by suing for debt.
How will my payments be allocated?
Any payments you make on outstanding rates and charges will be allocated in this order:
- legal costs
- current rates and charges including Fire Services Property Levy.
What can happen if rates aren't paid?
Under Section 181 of the Local Government Act 1989 we may dispose of property where these circumstances exist:
- there are rates and charges (including enforcement costs and interest) which are more than three years overdue and;
- there is no current arrangement for the payment of overdue rates and charges
- there is a court order requiring payment or part payment of the overdue rates and charges.
For more information contact us on 1300 368 333 or email us.