Residents of retirement villages are now entitled to apply to their local council for a rates rebate, the government announced last week.
“The Rates Rebate (Retirement Village Residents) Amendment Act 2018, ensures that retirement village residents who do not own their unit, but pay fees
to live there, are recognised as rate payers, and are therefore entitled to apply for a rebate,” said Minister for Local Government, Hon Nanaia
These changes will come as welcome news to retirees and their families, says Village Guide founder Paula Bishop.
“I’m delighted retirement village residents have finally been included in the Rates Rebate Act,” says Paula.
“This is a huge win for retirees and their families. I encourage all eligible retirement village residents to make the most of these changes and apply
for a rebate.”
How can eligible residents apply?
Eligible residents will need to complete an application form, and their village operator will need to provide a declaration certificate. These documents – along with full eligibility criteria – will be published on the Department of Internal Affairs website from July 1 2018.
“If you have any questions about the Rates Rebate Act, I encourage you to approach your retirement village operator, the Retirement Village Association, or your local council,” says Paula.
“I’m also happy to answer any questions you might have or put you in touch with the right people,” she adds.