Did you know that Connecticut offers a reimbursement program for renters in the state? To learn more about this program and to see if you are eligible, check out the list of frequently asked questions that we have put together below.
What is the Renters’ Rebate Program?
The Renters’ Rebate Program provides direct and partial reimbursement of rent and utility bills paid by residents in the state. Renters include those living in an apartment or room, living in a cooperative housing, or living in a mobile home. This reimbursement program is only for renters who are elderly or totally disabled, and whose incomes do not exceed certain limits.
Who is eligible?
To apply, all individuals must have lived in CT for at least one year. Also, individuals or their spouse must be 65 years of age or older. Or, to be eligible, individuals must be 50 years age or older and be the surviving spouse of a renter, who at the time of his or her death, had qualified and was entitled to tax relief.
Individuals that are 18 years of age or older and eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits can also apply for this program.
Further, to apply for the Renters Rebate program, an individual’s qualifying income in the year 2017 must not exceed $35,000 if single/unmarried or $43,000 if married.
How much will I be reimbursed?
Renters’ rebates can be up to $900 for married couples and $700 for single persons. The rebate is based on a graduated income scale as well as the amount of rent and utility payments (excluding telephone) made in the year prior to the calendar year in which the renter applies.
How do I apply?
You must fill out the Renters Rebate application in order to apply for the program. Application can be made at your town’s human/social service department or at your town’s Assessor’s Office.
When can I apply?
You can apply for the Renters Rebate program anytime between April 1st, 2018 and October 1st, 2018.
What do I need to apply?
In order to apply for the Renters’ Rebate program you will need:
Rent receipts or a letter from your landlord stating what you paid for the year 2017
Utility (electric, water, oil and/or gas) receipts or statement from utility company
Social Security SSA-1099 form
2017 income (W-2s and all SSA 1099 forms)
Bank interest, Pensions, VA benefits
Federal Income Tax Return
If you are filing as disabled, proof of your disability is also required.
Where can I go for more information?
Our local Senior Centers are available to answer any questions that you may have about the Renters’ Rebate program. You can schedule an appointment to speak with a counselor and he or she will help guide you through the application process.
CT Office of Policy and Management is another resource you can use to learn more about Renters’ Rebate as well as other assistance programs in Connecticut.