Changing home ownership
Rates are a charge on a property, not a property owner. That means that any outstanding rates on a property at the time of purchase become the responsibility of the new owner.
When a property is sold, the vendor's solicitor will usually identify any outstanding rates and negotiate the settlement accordingly.
If you receive a rate invoice which has overdue rates in the total balance due, please contact the solicitor who represented you in the property purchase to resolve the matter with the previous owners. In the meantime, it is in your best interest to settle the outstanding rates by the due instalment date to avoid any further penalties.
If you receive a rate invoice in your name for a property you've sold, it may mean the Council has not received the sale notification. Please contact your solicitor to issue the appropriate notification as soon as possible and return the rate invoice to the Council.
If you have been paying the property's rates by direct debit, do not cancel the authority at your bank. The authority can be cancelled by a request from your solicitor or when the Rates Office receives the sale notification.
The winner of the last quarterly draw in September was located in the Waikanae area and won a $500 credit to their rates account.
The quarterly rates instalment may contain an insert. Copies of current and previous inserts are available below for download or print.
For further information please contact us by:
Phone: 04 296 4700 or Email: [email protected]