From 1 July 2022, your lawyer needs to contact Regional Council and your local city or district council to ensure rate balances are paid.

Outstanding rates balances

Your lawyer needs to ensure all rates balances are paid before the property changes ownership. From 1 July 2022, lawyers will need to contact both Regional Council and city/district councils to obtain the balance of rates for the current year.

Change of ownership

Both the seller’s and the buyer’s lawyers will need to complete change in ownership documentation and send this to Land Information New Zealand. Once this is processed, both Regional Council and your city/district council will receive a copy.