THE Suva City Council has confirmed that rates would remain unchanged this year.
Special administrator Chandu Umaria said the council understood the hard times people faced and therefore, rates would not increase.
"A discount of 15 per cent will be given to those who pay before January 31," said Mr Umaria.
"Thereafter, a discount of 7 per cent will be given."
Mr Umaria said so far this year, the council had collected $4million. He said last year $14m was collected and the council hoped to collect something along those lines this year.
He said $18m was overdue and that severe action would be taken if people did not make arrangements to pay up.
"If people are facing hardships, they can send their request letters to the council for a waiver of rates," he said.
Mr Umaria said the council had been sending reminder letters and had gone to homes to sort out issues with the payment of rates.
"For those who don't pay, serious action is going to be taken on them.
"We sold two properties last year and after February this year, we will be publishing the names, of those who do not pay, in the newspapers." He said many other cases regarding non-payment of rates were pending in court.