A person renting an apartment or a room in a dwelling may be eligible for a partial rebate of rent and utility (heat and electric) bills. The rebate amount is based on a graduated income scale. An applicant’s eligibility is based on the following criteria:
1.The renter and/or their spouse is at least 65 years old as of the December 31st preceding the filing period OR is at least 50 years old and the widow or widower of a previously approved applicant, OR is totally disabled and has a Social Security Award Letter or an SSA-1099 with Medicare premiums, OR has proof of benefits under a program which contains requirements comparable to those of the Social Security Administration.
2.The applicant may have rented elsewhere in Connecticut for all or some portion of the year preceding the year of filing, but must file in the town in which they reside during the filing period.
3.Income limits are determined annually by the State of Connecticut. “Income” is defined as income derived from all sources, including tax exempt interest and Social Security. For the 2024 application period, 2023 income from all sources is considered. The income limits for the 2024 application period are $53,400 for married applicants and $43,800 for single applicants (the same as for the Homeowners Program). The income limits are adjusted annually if there is a cost of living increase to Social Security.
Applications must be filed in the Middlefield Assessor’s Officebetween April 1st and October 1st.Applicants must provide the following:
Proof of Rent and utilities paid during the preceding calendar year and;
An original or copy of their federal income tax return (if filed) and;
An original or a copy of their Social Security SSA-1099.
If federal income taxes are not filed, statements of all income sources (pensions, interest income, dividends, etc.) must be provided.
Applications for the Renters Rebate Program must be filed annually.