How long does it take to get rates clearance?

How long does it take to get rates clearance?

Usually (and under normal circumstances) it takes no longer than 10 – 14 days from the date of application for the transferring attorneys to receive the requested rates clearance figures and thereafter, once the payment of the figures has been made, approximately 2 to 3 days to obtain the clearance certificate.

Who is liable for rates clearance certificate?

Who pays for rates clearance certificate? Although the seller of the property is liable to pay all the rates and taxes as previously explained, the purchaser is liable to pay the actual rates clearance certificate fee.

When you owe more than your house is worth?

Because you owe more than your home is worth, your mortgage is considered “underwater.” Sometimes you’ll also hear the term “upside-down” to describe an underwater mortgage. An underwater mortgage is a mortgage loan that is more than the current value of the property.

What if house sells for less than mortgage?

If you sell your home, your mortgage’s due-on-sale clause is triggered, giving your lender rights to demand full repayment of your loan. If your home is sold for less than you owed on it, your lender could demand the difference from you.

What happens when you dont pay rates and taxes?

Failing to pay your taxes. “Your local authority can go to court and get a debt judgment against you if you don’t pay your property rates, and although it is usually a last resort, SARS can also have your property attached if you don’t pay your income tax,” he notes.

How can I speed up the transfer of my house?


  1. Step 1 – Determine what you can afford.
  2. Step 2 – Save for the deposit.
  3. Step 3 – Assess your credit and get pre-approval.
  4. Step 4 – Keep the necessary documentation ready.
  5. Step 5 – Find a real estate agent.
  6. Step 6 – Find your ideal home.

How long does transfer take after lodgement?

From date of lodgment, it usually takes 7 days until date of registration. The parties are notified on the day of registration and the Seller is paid out on the following day.

Why do councils collect rates from property owners?

Each council collects rates from residents and businesses in its municipality to help fund local infrastructure and services. Councils use property values as the basis for distributing the rating burden across the municipality.

Can a council sell a property in Queensland?

In Queensland, local councils have a right to sell properties to recover outstanding rates, although it is considered a last resort after all other avenues of debt collection have been exhausted. What about NSW? And yes in New South Wales, local councils have this right too.

Can a council profit from the sale of a house?

Interestingly though, the council cannot profit from the sale – once the house is sold, and the Council’s money has been recovered, all remailing funds must go towards paying the mortgage and costs of sale, and anything remaining will be returned to you.

Do you have to pay your council rates before the due date?

Sometimes a council may offer incentives to their ratepayers to pay before the due date. These must be detailed on the rate notice. Unpaid rates remain a debt on the property, regardless of any change of ownership.

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