As part of our response COVID-19, we're offering a rates rebate for residential ratepayers who have had a reduction in employment and/or income because of COVID-19.
Flexible payment arrangements are also available for ratepayers whose financial situations have changed but don't meet the criteria for the rebate.
Ratepayers can apply for each instalment period throughout 2020/21. The value of the rebate is up to 50% of the instalment, for a maximum of $564.
To be eligible, ratepayers must:
- be able to show loss of income of at least 30% as a result of COVID-19 and
- have minimal savings and/or investments
- demonstrate the need for rates relief.
Ratepayers who have received financial support (i.e. benefit/accommodation supplement) from Work and Income (WINZ) as a direct result of COVID-19 (this does not include the Government's wage subsidy), and have less than $21,059 in savings or investments will qualify.
Other ratepayers whose incomes have been significantly impacted but are not receiving WINZ support may also apply, although will be required to provide additional evidence to demonstrate the need for rates relief. These will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The Council may approve any application that clearly meets the intent of this rebate.
Applicants will need to supply evidence of meeting these criteria.
Fill out the form below to apply for the rebate.
Rates rebate application form
This form should be completed by an owner of the property.
Only one form should be completed for each rates account.
Details of all household income should be included. This means all property owners who reside at the property as well as their spouses/partners who reside at the property.
Full terms and conditions
- Ratepayers must apply in writing to be considered for a remission.
- The applicant must be the owner of the rating unit (as from July 2020) and the property must be their usual place of residence.
- The property must be categorised as residential, or other.
- The household income has decreased by 30% or more, demonstrated to be a direct result of COVID-19.
- It is assumed that where a ratepayer has a significant change in financial circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Work and Income NZ is the initial provider of financial assistance, should the applicant meet their criteria. The application for the Council rebate must be accompanied by:
- evidence that the ratepayer has experienced a significant loss of income as a result of COVID-19 and
- evidence of the applicant's total assets (savings and investments).
- any other information that may be requested by Council to support the application, if required.
- The supporting evidence must be relevant to the time when the rebate application is submitted.
- Should the applicant not supply evidence of Work and Income support as a result of COVID-19, then annual projected household income may not exceed $60,000 gross.
- The applicant's total assets (savings and investments) must not exceed $21,059 (for 2020/21).
- All applications for rates remission will be treated on a case‐by‐case basis. The Council may approve an application if it clearly meets the Council's intent of this rebate.
- For 2020/21 the remission amount is up to 50% of the property's quarterly rates instalments, for a maximum of $564.
- The rebate cannot be applied for retrospectively.
- The total Council rebate (including a combination of the original and Covid-19 related) for any one property will not exceed the maximum value.
The Council reserves to right to request further information/evidence from the applicant should it be needed to assess eligibility of the rebate.
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