Sale of land for rates arrears
  • Last updated:
  • 04 Jul 2022

The provisions within the Local Government Regulation 2012 empower council to make a resolution to sell a property where some or all of the overdue rates have been overdue for at least three years.

  • On 26 May 2022 council passed a resolution to proceed with the Sale of Land process under Chapter 4 Part 12 Division 3 of the Local Government Regulation 2012 to recover outstanding rates.
  • This applies to properties where some or all of the overdue rates have been in arrears for a period greater than three years. The outstanding rates are recovered by the sale of the land or property.
  • On 2 June 2022 a Notice of Intention to Sell Land signed by the Chief Executive Officer, together with details of the property, a statement of account and the relevant section of the Local Government Regulation were issued to the property owners and all interested parties.
  • Any unclaimed notices must be advised in the local newspaper, council’s website and the Government Gazette. Advertising will start on the website 30 September 2022 and Sunshine Coast Daily print/online 1 October 2022. Advertising costs which are incurred are added to the rate account.
  • Council must end the Sale of Land process if the amount of the overdue rates and charges are paid in full and all expenses that council incurs in attempting to sell the land. (Additional costs are incurred during the Sale of Land process, such as advertising, auction and process server cost).
  • Auctioning of properties is a last resort, used only after council has exhausted all other avenues to collect the rates and charges that have been overdue for at least 3 years.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list to ensure you are notified of upcoming auctions please email rates@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Contact

For more details or assistance contact council.