Sale & Acquisition of Land Due to Unpaid Rates

Tablelands Regional Council hereby gives notice that, unless the rates and charges owing on the land identified below (details of which have already been supplied to the respective registered owner/s of the land), together with all expenses incurred in connection with the proposed sale or acquisition of land, are sooner paid, the said lands will be acquired by the Tablelands Regional Council or sold by public auction. Details of these actions are available below when action of unpaid rates are being taken.

Example Terms & Conditions of the Auction Process

  1. This auction is being undertaken pursuant to Chapter 4 Part 12 Division 3 of the Local Government Regulation 2012 (Qld).
  2. Properties are sold in an ‘as is – where is’ condition. Tablelands Regional Council neither guarantees nor infers compliance to building codes or use etc. Potential bidders should undertake whatever searches they consider appropriate prior to the auction.
  3. Tablelands Regional Council is unable to authorise inspections of the land the subject of this sale because it does not have possession and cannot grant access to the land. Land in this notice includes everything on the land, including but not limited to for example house, unit, garage, warehouse, etc. However, this sale does not include chattels or personal property that is on the land.
  4. Obtaining vacant possession of the land will be the responsibility of the successful bidder.
  5. All intending bidders must register on the day of the auction between 9.15 and 9.50am, and provide photo identification in the form of Queensland Driver Licence or other identification acceptable to Tablelands Regional Council or its representative in its absolute discretion.
  6. Payment of deposit must be made by bank cheque payable to Tablelands Regional Council, cash or by EFTPOS facilities including debit card, MasterCard or Visa. No other method of payment will be accepted.
  7. If intending to bid on behalf of another person, company or entity, written authorisation, approved by Tablelands Regional Council, from that person, company or entity is to be tendered to the auctioneer prior to the commencement of the auction and no later than the time of registration referred to in point 5 above. The person acting as agent on behalf of the bidder must also hold appropriate authority to sign the contract of sale on behalf of the bidder. In the case of a natural person this must include a power of attorney. In the case of a corporation this must include company minutes appointing and authorising the said person in addition to an irrevocable authority issued by the company and signed by two directors or a director and secretary, in the case of a sole director company by the sole director (together with a current company search showing same) in accordance with sections 127, 128 and 129 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). Whether the Tablelands Regional Council grants such approval will be at the absolute discretion of the said Council.
  8. All persons who register as a bidder (or joint bidder), or (in the case of an entity) all officeholders or authorised agents, must be in attendance at the auction venue in order to sign a contract of sale upon the fall of a hammer.
  9. Telephone bids shall not be accepted.
  10. Tablelands Regional Council shall set a reserve price on the Land. If the reserve price is not reached during the auction process, the Land shall be ‘passed in’. Tablelands Regional Council may in its absolute discretion, then enter negotiations for the purchase of the Land with any bidder who attended the auction. However, the price for the land under the agreement must not be less than the reserve price for the land. These negotiations will require the purchaser to waive any right to a cooling-off period under the Property Occupations Act 2014 (Qld).
  11. All bids are made on an unconditional basis. The bidder acknowledges having read the contract of sale, and (if the land is a lot within a community titles scheme) disclosure statement before bidding. Each of those documents will be available for review prior to the auction at the auction venue.
  12. Tablelands Regional Council, through its auctioneer, reserves the right to request any bidder to produce evidence they have the financial capacity to pay the amount bid.
  13. The contract relevant to the sale of this land requires a deposit of $1000 paid by bank cheque, cash or by EFTPOS facilities including debit card, MasterCard or Visa upon being the successful highest bidder, with the balance of the sale price due on the settlement date, being 14 days from the date of the contract of sale. A bank cheque will be required to effect settlement.
  14. If the successful bidder (buyer) is a company, all relevant signatories must sign the contract of sale including affixing the company seal if the articles or constitution of the company so requires. All Directors must provide a director’s guarantee which will form part of the contract of sale.
  15. As soon as practicable upon the fall of the hammer and as requested by the seller’s agent, the successful bidder (buyer) must sign the contract of sale at the auction venue. No changes shall be made to the terms of the contract of sale at the auction. All bidders warrant that he, she or it have read and understood the contract of sale pertaining to the land the subject of the sale and have had an opportunity to obtain independent legal advice.
  16. The successful bidder (buyer) appoints the auctioneer as his/her/its agent and grants him/her an irrevocable authority to sign the contract of sale pertaining to the Land the subject of the sale as agent of the successful bidder (buyer).
  17. Tablelands Regional Council is required to apply the proceeds of the sale in accordance with section 146 of the Local Government Regulation 2012 (Qld). It may be that the proceeds of the sale are not sufficient to discharge all liabilities attached to the land the subject of this sale and the successful bidder (buyer) may become liable for payment of same (including but not limited for example, body corporate levies, land tax, rates and other charges or amounts).
  18. Any land advertised for sale by Tablelands Regional Council in relation to this auction, under Chapter 4 Part 12 Division 3 Local Government Regulation 2012 (Qld) may be withdrawn from sale should payment of the overdue rates and charges together with the costs incurred as a consequence of the selling process and procedure be received prior to the commencement of the auction. However, should the payment not be ‘cleared funds’ at the time of the auction, the auction shall proceed as the contract of sale contains a clause that allows the Tablelands Regional Council to terminate the contract should the payment tendered before the auction become ‘cleared funds’ before the settlement date.