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