Rates and valuations

Change of tenant

Auckland Council does not list residential tenants as ratepayers for a property.

Under the Local Government Rating Act 2002 the owner is listed as the ratepayer unless the tenant meets the conditions listed in the act:

Section 11
  1. The name of the following persons must be entered in the rating information database and district valuation roll as the ratepayer in respect of a rating unit:
    • the owner of the rating unit; or
    • the lessee of the rating unit under a lease that
      • is registered, after the commencement of this section, under section 115 of the Land Transfer Act 1952; and
      • is for a term (including renewals) of not less than 10 years; and
      • provides that the lessee must be entered in the rating information database and district valuation roll as the ratepayer in respect of the unit.
  2. The name of a person who is a lessee of a rating unit must be entered in the rating information database and district valuation roll as the ratepayer in respect of the unit if :
    • the name of the person was, immediately before the commencement of this section, entered in the district valuation roll as the occupier of a separately rateable property under the Rating Powers Act 1988 that substantially corresponds with the rating unit entered in the rating information database; and
    • the person is a party to a lease or licence with the owner
      • that was entered into by the owner and the person before 8 August 2001; and
      • remains in force; and
      • either
        • precludes the renegotiation of rent or any other payments that would allow the owner to be reimbursed if the owner were directly liable to pay the rates due on the unit, or
        • is a lease registered under section 115 of the Land Transfer Act 1952.

To arrange the change of address see change of postal details.

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