State law provides a program for renters who are elderly or disabled, and whose annual incomes do not exceed certain limits as updated annually by the Office of Policy and Management. Under this program, a check is directly remitted to an approved applicant by the State. These checks represent partial refunds of rental and utility payments.
Persons renting an apartment, room, cooperative housing or leasing a mobile home space may be eligible. Renter Rebates can be up to a maximum of $900 for married couples and $700 for unmarried applicants. Benefit amounts are not guaranteed and may be prorated based on State budget cuts.
In order to receive a Renter Rebate:
- An applicant or the spouse must be 65 or older by the end of the previous calendar year, or permanently and totally disabled
- Applicant must have lived in Connecticut for one year
- 35% of the applicant’s annual rent and utility expenditures must exceed 5% of the applicant’s annual gross income
- Applicant must file an application annually with the Assessors office between April 1st and October 1st
- Applicant must be living at the time of application
- Applicant must apply in the Municipality where they currently reside
Applicants must provide the following documentation to apply:
- Social Security 1099, TPQY or benefit verification letter from the preceding year
- Income tax return, or copies of all income received from the preceding year
- Rental receipts showing amount paid by applicant from the preceding year
- Utility receipts showing the amount paid by applicant for electricity, gas, water, and fuel from the preceding year