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Rates postponement for ratepayers financially impacted by COVID-19

We have extended the COVID-19 rates postponement scheme to the 2021/2022 year. Rates assessed in the 2021/2022 financial year can be postponed until 30 June 2023 at the latest. You will need to apply for the scheme before 31 December 2021.

About the COVID-19 rates postponement scheme

We first set up this scheme for the 2020/2021 rating year for ratepayers who were financially affected by COVID-19.

You were able to put off paying up to $20,000 of your rates per property until 30 June 2022. We also gave a further 12 months to pay off the balance.

Due to the 2021 COVID-19 lockdown in Auckland, we have reinstated this opportunity and you can now apply to have your rates postponed for the 2021/2022 year.  A postponement fee will apply.

Under the scheme, if you still have outstanding rates from the 2020/2021 postponement scheme, you can apply to postpone them again.

If you are considering postponing your rates, get advice from a financial adviser about what is right for you.

What we are offering

If you qualify you will be able to:

  • postpone your 2021/2022 rates payments up to a maximum of $20,000 per property until 30 June 2023
  • pay the postponed amounts by 30 June 2023 (fees and interest apply)
  • make voluntary early payments while your rates are postponed.

You should know

It is important you contact us if you intend to make any voluntary early payments towards your postponed rates.

You can email enquiry@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or call us on 09 301 0101.

​We will accept postponement applications for 2021/2022 rates until 31 December 2021.

Who can apply

If you are a ratepayer experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 and you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply for a postponement of your 2021/2022 rates payments.

Eligibility criteria for all ratepayers

  • You must be a ratepayer experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.
  • You must have owned the property that you want to postpone rates payments on and since 17 August 2021.

See part one of the financial assistance and support section of our Rates Remission and Postponement Policy for the full criteria and conditions.

If you are not eligible for assistance under the COVID-19  rates postponement scheme, visit Help for low income households and community groups to see if you qualify for other financial help.

Property classification criteria

For rating purposes, every property is classified  as residential, lifestyle, farm or business in our
Rating Information Database.

Eligibility is based on the rating classification of the property for which you want a rates postponement.

The following criteria are based on what the property classification was for your property on 30 June 2021.

Residential and lifestyle properties

In addition to the eligibility rules for all ratepayers, if you own residential or lifestyle properties, you must meet a separate criteria.

If you are a charity or incorporated society, you must:

  • be registered with the New Zealand Companies Office or the Department of Internal Affairs
  • be physically located in New Zealand
  • have had employees who were legally working in New Zealand (if any staff were employed) on and since 17 August 2021.

If you are a company, you must:

  • have a mortgage on the property for which you want to postpone rates
  • be registered with the New Zealand Companies Office or the Department of Internal Affairs
  • be physically located in New Zealand
  • have had employees who were legally working in New Zealand (if any staff were employed) on and since 17 August 2021.

If you are not a charity, incorporated society, or company (e.g. you are an individual, sole trader or trust) you must:

  • be a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand
  • have a mortgage on the property for which you want to postpone paying rates.

Businesses and farm properties

In addition to the eligibility rules for all ratepayers, owners of business or farm properties must meet a separate criteria.

If you are a company, charity, or incorporated society you must:

  • be registered with the New Zealand Companies Office or the Department of Internal Affairs
  • be physically located in New Zealand
  • have had employees who were legally working in New Zealand (if any staff were employed) on and since 17 August 2021.

If you are not a company, charity, or incorporated society (e.g. you are an individual, sole trader or trust), you must be a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand.

For the purposes of this scheme, medium-occupancy and moderate-occupancy online accommodation providers come under the criteria of residential properties.

Who is not eligible for rates postponement

  • Ministries and departments of the public service, state-owned enterprises, Crown entities, and utility companies.
  • Ratepayers who did not own their property on and since 17 August 2021.
  • Ratepayers who owed rates payments and penalties (those who were in arrears) on 17 August 2021.

The full criteria and conditions are set out in part one of the financial assistance and support section in our Rates Remission and Postponement Policy.

What financial hardship means

To be eligible, you must be experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. We appreciate there are different types of financial hardship ratepayers may be facing.

Examples of financial hardship

  • You have become unemployed.
  • Your household income has reduced by 30 per cent or more due to COVID-19.
  • You are receiving the wage subsidy scheme from Work and Income.

Examples of financial hardship for a company, charity, or incorporated society

  • Your revenue has declined by 40 per cent or more due to COVID-19.
  • You are receiving the wage subsidy scheme.
  • You are receiving a government guaranteed business loan.
  • Your accountant can verify you are experiencing hardship due to COVID-19.

In your application you will need to describe the financial hardship you are facing due to COVID-19.

You do not need to provide evidence of this as part of your application, but you will need to make a declaration.

We may follow up with you to request evidence once we receive your application. If you do not provide satisfactory evidence, we may cancel your postponement arrangement.

Fees and costs

If you postpone your rates you will need to pay an administration fee and interest on the amounts postponed.

The fees do not exceed the amount needed to cover our administrative and financial costs for the postponement.

Residential and lifestyle properties

  • Administration fee - no charge.
  • Interest rate - 4 per cent.

Business and farm properties

  • Administration fee - $100 per property.
  • Interest rate - 4 per cent.

When fees and charges apply

We will charge the administration fee only if your application is successful.

If we approve your application for this postponement scheme, you will still need to pay for rates as per the instalment date on your rates notice for amounts:

  • over $20,000 or
  • above the sum you want to postpone.

Any unpaid rates not approved for postponement will still incur penalties (not applicable if you are paying infrastructure charge). 

We will add the administration fee to your rates account when we process your application. 

We will calculate the interest costs for the current financial year and add them to your rates account at the end of each rating year (30 June 2022 and 2023).

Rates postponed for 2021/2022 do not need to be repaid until 30 June 2023.

How to apply online for rates postponement

Apply now

It will take about five minutes to complete this form.

​What happens next

We will contact you within 15 business days to let you know whether your application has been provisionally accepted, or if we need further information from you.

You will still need to pay your rates until you get confirmation that we have accepted the postponement of your rates payments.

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