PROPERTY owners with longstanding unpaid rates will soon be put on notice by the Launceston City Council that their land may be sold if they don't pay up.
Aldermen will consider whether to endorse rate recovery proceedings against 37 property owners in a closed council meeting on Monday.
Council general manager Robert Dobrzynski said the council's rate debt of $1.28 million was one of the lowest in the local government sector, and had dropped from $1.45 million in 2012.
This makes up part of the $11.5 million that Tasmanian ratepayers owe their councils in unpaid rates.
Councils have the option of selling properties to recover debts when the debt is more than three years old, but generally opt to sort out payment plans before that stage.
Mr Dobrzynski said the council was merely starting the process of debt recovery this Monday.
``It allows the council to illustrate the importance of the matter to property owners, however, it does not necessarily mean properties will be sold,'' he said.
``This is evidenced by the fact that the council has not forcibly sold any properties in the municipality in the past year.
``In the vast majority of cases, it spurs property owners to enter into a payment plan with the council, which is to the benefit of everyone.''
Debtor management was a key focus area for Ben Lomond Water last financial year, according to its annual report released this month.
The organisation was able to decrease its unpaid bill load by 34 per cent, or $2.26 million, to $4.47 million.