Rates debt prompts sale of property
Two Waikato properties could be sold to pay back $25,000 in unpaid rates owed to the Matamata-Piako District Council.
The owner of the properties, in Waharoa, also had unpaid rates owed to the Waikato Regional Council.
The district council is about to apply to the high court for permission to sell the adjacent properties.
If granted, the owner, who lived at one of the properties, would still have six months to settle the debt before a for sale sign was posted.
The decision to go to court was ticked off by the district council’s corporate and operations committee.
The property owner did not want to comment when approached at his home.
He said he was aware the council was moving to sell his properties.
He didn’t say whether he planned to pay the debt, or why the debt had occurred. The council said it had been working with the owner for over a decade to recoup the costs.
But problems with rates payments for the properties stretched back to 1993.
The owner had made irregular cash payments over the years in an attempt to clear some of the debt.
The council put the matter in the hands of its debt collection agency in 2005.
A verbal agreement was made with the owner in March 2016, to clear the debt but there had been no payments.
His last payment was received in 2011. The home owner was not the only person with outstanding rates in the district, however the amount was among the highest owed.
Council staff reported they had made every effort to find a resol- ution.
A letter was sent encouraging the owner to settle the debt before the committee meeting on September 27. But it was also ignored.
The owner would now be served with a Notice of Intention to Sell from the high court to enforce repayment of the rates. If not paid within six months, the properties could be sold.
Matamata-Piako District Council’s communications manager Eion Scott said the owner could possibly keep his home.
As one rateable property is a vacant section the owner could sell that to pay off the debt.
The owner of this property in Waharoa owes Matamata-Piako District Council $25,000 in rates.