Council rates relief possible for quake victims

6:04 pm on 30 September 2010

The Christchurch City Council says it may offer rates relief to owners of badly damaged properties caused by a powerful earthquake.

Many homes and businesses in the Canterbury region were damaged following the 7.1 magnitude quake on 4 September.

Mayor Bob Parker says the rates relief could apply to houses and businesses that may not be used again.

Mr Parker says whether the owners or occupiers of the property are using the services could determine whether they qualify for the rates relief.

The council will review the rates remission policy closer to 15 November, when the next instalment of rates is due, as the number of buildings affected and the extent of the damage should be clearer then, he says.