Good, now sell Penny Bright’s house

The Auckland Council has sold a section to offset unpaid rates of more than ten years.

Let’s hope they sort out their legal issues and do over Penny Bright next.

A section on Auckland’s North Shore is being sold after its owners failed to pay rates for 10 years.

It’s the first in a list of historical overdue rates cases Auckland Council is taking action over.

The owners of the Belmont section owe $59,393 after they stopped paying rates in March 2005. They haven’t contacted the council since 2012.

The section has a capital value of $640,000. It is the back half of a 718 metre square property in Northboro Road, near Takapuna Grammar School and not far from Takapuna Beach. ?

Real estate agency Barfoot and Thompson began advertising the section on Saturday and will auction it on April 22.

The High Court handles the sale process under the Local Government (Rating) Act, Auckland Council said.

Exercising those powers was a last resort when the ratepayer could pay but refused to do so, it said.

It’s the first of eight rates arrears cases the council is currently pursuing through the courts, including that of longtime rates protester and mayoral hopeful Penny Bright.

Bright owes $33,000 in unpaid rates and penalties and is at risk of losing her Kingsland townhouse.

However, she won a round against the council earlier this month when legal costs were incorrectly added into the bill.

Penny Bright is bludging off the rest of Aucklanders.

At the very least she should have all council services to her property stopped.


– Fairfax