The Adelaide Hills Council has been cracking down on households avoiding paying their rates.
Five properties could go under the hammer if they fail to pay an outstanding debt of around $10,000 each within the next month.
Under the Local Government Act, the Council can sell houses when rates have not been paid for at least three years and the owners have not attempted to negotiate alternative payments.
The move is part of a wider debt recovery policy. Since 2015, the Council has managed to retrieve $300,000 in owed debts, bringing the total owed down to $600,000.
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