Retirement village residents with a Licence to Occupy are eligible for the Government’s full Rates Rebate if they meet the income criteria.
The new threshold amounts are set every year in mid-June. You will find more information on rates rebates in retirement villages in New Zealand here.
An application for a refund must—
(a) be made on a form provided for the purpose by the Secretary for Local Government; and
(b) be verified by the declaration of the resident; and
(c) be accompanied by a certificate in writing signed by the operator of the retirement village specifying—
(i)the total amount of the rates payable in respect of that retirement village for the rating year; and
(ii)the amount of the resident’s rates contribution, and if subsection (5) applies, the amount of the resident’s annual contribution and the total amount of the annual contributions made by all residents of the retirement village; and
(iii)that the resident’s rates contribution was made under a written agreement between the operator and the resident; and
(d) be left at the public office of the territorial authority in whose district the property is situated (whether the rates are payable to that territorial authority or to any other local authority) or be sent by post addressed to that office.