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Pensioner rates rebates - some good news!

 Note that rebates are not granted automatically. It has to be applied for.

 As of 1 July 2013, the following people will be able to qualify for rates rebates:

  • If you are between 60 and 70 years old, your property is valued at less than R2 000 000, and your monthly income does not exceed R7000, you qualify for a 100% rebate;
  • If you are between 60 and 70 years old, your property is valued at less than R2 000 000, and your monthly income is between R7000 and R12000, you qualify for a 50% rebate;
  • If you are over 70 years old and your property is valued at less than R2 000 000, you qualify for a 100% rebate regardless of your monthly income.

The application forms can be obtained at any municipal Customer Service Centre. The application form for rebates for pensioners younger than 70 is available on the City of Johannesburg’s website (click here), but the application form for pensioners older than 70 is not. Email me at daleen@linprop.co.za and I shall send you the form.

Pensioners between 60 and 70 need to submit the application form together with the following documentation:
  • Your identity document;
  • Proof of income for the previous tax year (SARS assessment); and
  • Proof of current income.

The criteria for this category are:

  • You are the owner of the property in respect of which the rates are charged;
  • You live on the property;
  • You must be at least 60 years old;
  • The municipal value of the property as at 1st July, 2013 must not exceed R2 million. The value of the property will be reflected on the rates account of the City of Johannesburg for the month of July, 2013 and subsequent months.
Pensioners older than 70 must submit the relevant form together with a copy of an identity document.

The criteria for this category are:

  • There is no income threshold. Earnings are not taken into account.
  • The municipal value of the property as at 1st July, 2013 must not exceed R2 million. The value of the property will be reflected on the rates account of the City of Johannesburg for the month of July, 2013 and subsequent months.
  • The applicant for the rebate must be the owner of the property. If the property is in joint ownership, at least one of the owners must be over the age of 70.
  • The applicant must live on the property.

 Councillor John Mendelsohn suggests that the application be submitted as follows:

  • Complete the application form and have it signed by a commissioner of oaths (attorney, police officer, bank manager, councillor).
  • Make a duplicate copy of the form to keep.
  • Take the form together with an ID document to the nearest City of Johannesburg walk-in Customer Centre. The closest ones are in Randburg (corner Braam Fischer and Jan Smuts) or Sandton (corner Fredman and 5th) or Braamfontein (161 Jorrissen St).
  • Request the Customer Consultant to sign a receipt for the original on the duplicate copy, date it and stamp it with the official rubber stamp. Request the consultant to print his or her name in capital letters next to his or her signature. Keep the duplicate in a safe place.
  • The Customer Consultant must accept the form, scan it and dispatch a Service Request to the Rates Department, and place the form in a “Rebate Application” box for collection by/delivery to the Rates Department.

At least one billing cycle will lapse before the application is processed. This means that an application submitted in September, 2013, will not reflect on the rates account until November 2013. The rebate will not be backdated. It will take effect from the time of processing.


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