Forced sale looms for house

John Dowson in Victoria Hall champions the high heritage value of both buildings. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d398970
John Dowson in Victoria Hall champions the high heritage value of both buildings. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d398970

The property in question has seven years of unpaid council rates and charges in arrears and owes approximately $12,500 to the City.

City officers said they have exhausted all other debt collection attempts and the council is now faced with the decision of endorsing the forced sale.

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said was not possible for the City to locate the owners, and it appeared that the property has been abandoned.

‘The City of South Perth has attempted through an exhaustive process to recover the outstanding debt through structured debt collection processes up to and including legal action in the Magistrate’s Court,’ she said.

If council approves the motion, the City is required to follow the Local Government Guidelines for Possession of Land for Recovery of Rates and Service Charges.

The guidelines include issuing a notice requiring payment to the property owner.

‘Under these guidelines, the owner of the property has three months to pay the debt to avoid the sale of the property,’ Mayor Doherty said.

‘If the sale of the property is approved, debts will be cleared in accordance with statutory rules with the balance of the sale held in trust for the owner.’