Our new 2016 Rating Valuations include the impact of earthquake damage, so affected properties will have reduced rates from 1 July 2017 without the need for additional Remissions.
It is the ratepayer's responsibility to declare if a property has unrepaired damage significant enough to affect its Rating Valuation.
Rating Valuations are assessed by Quotable Value (QV, our external valuers). It is not possible for QV to physically inspect all properties in their valuation work, and some types of significant damage may not be visible even if an inspection is done.
If you have significant unrepaired damage, you should make sure this is declared to either QV or the Council:
The need to declare your earthquake damage was highlighted in an advertising campaign in late 2016, and on the formal Valuation Notice sent to all ratepayers in December 2016. All ratepayers previously receiving the uninhabitable earthquake remission were also written to personally in August 2016.
Uninhabitable houses have previously been rated on Land Value only, as if the building had been demolished. This treatment will continue until 30 June 2018, but its future will be reviewed in our 2018-28 Long Term Plan (public consultation for which will start around March 2018). All affected ratepayers have been written to separately.
If you have any queries about your old remission or new Rating Valuation, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.