Abandoned home for sale
A derelict Temuka house which has been abandoned for years is on the market.
The property was being used as a squat by a homeless man and a party venue for young people until June when the Timaru District Council boarded it up.
Council group manager corporate services Tina Rogers said real estate firm Ray White was handling the sale.
Ray White's website advertises the 437 square metre section as a "roll up your sleeves" job.
Temuka constable Tim Eaton said there had been no problems since the council boarded up the house.
Mrs Rogers said the council was keeping an eye on the grounds to ensure the grass did not become a fire risk. The council planned to use the money from the sale to repay creditors after the property's owner abandoned it.
Mrs Rogers said his whereabouts were unknown.
"We've put out inquiries, and we think he might have gone overseas," she said.
"It is fair to say the rates are more than three years [overdue], as we cannot start this process for abandoned properties until this time has passed."
The property is zoned commercial and the owner would have owed $1854 for the past financial year.
Last year, the council arranged the sale of a Browning St property in Winchester after obtaining a court order for unpaid rates, but Mrs Rogers said such instances were rare.
The council can impose a 10 per cent penalty on rates that remain unpaid by the deadline.
Mrs Rogers advised ratepayers to talk to the council if they were having difficulty, as it was generally a condition on a mortgage that rates would be paid on time.
Tenders for the Hally St property close on February 5.
The Timaru Herald