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Carlo Leone

Representing Stamford & Darien

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Sen Leone: Renters Are One Step Closer To Receiving State Rebate Checks

State Senator Carlo Leone (D-Stamford) said today that certain older and disabled renters are one step closer to receiving their state rent rebate checks after the state Senate voted 34-0 today to fix technical issues with Connecticut’s Renters’ Rebate Program.

The bill was immediately transmitted to the House of Representatives, where it is expected to be voted on and passed on Wednesday.

The Connecticut Renters’ Rebate Program provides rebates to older adult or totally disabled renters whose incomes do not exceed certain limits. The biennial state budget passed last month set aside $12.685 million in 2018 and $13.666 million in 2019 for the program, which has traditionally been managed through the state Office of Policy and Management (OPM) in the executive branch.

“It’s clear this oversight issue was too important not to address,” said Sen. Leone, who was asked about the Renters’ Rebate Program when he visited a senior housing complex in Stamford on Monday. “I’m proud to vote to restore this funding to our seniors and to continue to have the state administer this program, which takes some burden off local municipalities.”

Qualified individuals can apply to their local assessors once a year between April 1 and October 1 for state reimbursement for rental payments that they made in the preceding calendar year. Persons renting an apartment or room, or living in cooperative housing or a mobile home, may be eligible for this program.

Renters’ rebates can be up to $900 for married couples and up to $700 for a single person. The rebate amount is based on a graduated income scale and the amount of rent and utility payments (excluding telephone) made in the year prior to the calendar year in which the renter applies.

Renters’ rebate recipients are generally 65 years old or older, or 18 years old and permanently and totally disabled; they must also meet a one year state residency requirement.

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