If you are having difficulties paying your rates by the due dates, please contact Council on 8935 9922 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss alternative arrangements to avoid possible debt recovery action and costs. If there is no payment/contact, recovery of the debt will be initiated through a Debt Collection agency.
Legal expenses incurred by council will be recovered from the ratepayer to the full extent permitted by law.
In accordance with Section 161 Northern Territory Local Government Act it follows, that if a ratepayer decides to pay by instalments and defaults in payment of an instalment by the due date, all remaining instalments become immediately due and payable.
Under Section 168 to 170 Northern Territory Local Government Act., unpaid rates become a charge on the land to which they relate. If rates have been in arrears for at least 3 years, and an overriding statutory charge securing liability for the rates has been registered for at least the last 6 months, Council may sell the land. All related costs and liabilities to Council will be recovered from the proceeds of sale.