Our rating values are intended to include the impact of earthquake damage, so that affected properties pay the correct amount of rates 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.
On Thursday 2 April, the Council is considering measures to support Christchurch businesses and property owners who are financially struggling as a result of the COVID-19 level 4 lockdown. This includes a proposal to offer ratepayers who will receive a rates bill in coming weeks an extra six months to pay, and offering all Council commercial tenants a three-month rent holiday. You can read the Newsline article, and a link to the report here.
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If you consider that your rating value does not adequately reflect the extent of your unrepaired earthquake damage, you should contact QV to see if your valuation needs reviewing.
Please note that any change to your rating value cannot be applied to rates until the following 1 July.
Those residential properties which are still uninhabitable as a direct result of earthquake damage will continue to receive a remission such that the total rates payable is on land value only.
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If you have any queries about the impact of unrepaired earthquake damage on your rates, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.