A Kingsland house is being sold by an Auckland real estate company after Auckland Council has exhausted all attempts to recover from the owners a rates debt totalling $33,598.45. It is one of eight properties being sold because of large overdue rates bills. The proceeds of the sale will be used to pay the outstanding rates on the property plus legal costs and court fees. Any balance is returned to the particular ratepayer (usually the owner and registered proprietor of the property). Auckland Council’s Chief Financial Officer, Kevin Ramsay says that the council works hard to assist ratepayers who have genuine hardship issues. In total, 20,051 Auckland ratepayers qualified for a rates rebate last rating year. In addition, Auckland Council agreed to 337 rates payments being postponed.