Seniors Property Tax/Rent Relief Rebate Programs in Pennsylvania

Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Eastern inc. RS143922A

Recently when I was out shopping I heard many seniors complaining how difficult it was for them to keep up with the  rental increases every year. They were so distressed as the increases were a large jump and were told there were waiting lists for there units if they didn't want to pay.

Loving where they lived of course the increase would be paid perhaps with a sacrifice for other necessities. Rental increases and the cost of living for seniors just somehow are not balancing for many


Here is some wonderful information. This is just one of five programs so don't get disappointed I have read this in an email sent to me from SRA and wanted to share it. There are two very important articles. 


The first article is about the tax relief. The other about a scam trying to get your bank account information. Please read both.



 Pennsylvania offers property tax/rent rebate program for seniors
The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue offers a property tax/rent rebate program benefiting eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners or $15,000 for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, and it also receives funding from slots gaming. Application forms and assistance are available at no cost from Department of Revenue district offices, local agencies, senior centers and state legislators offices. See a full explanation of the program here.


State: Beware property tax rebate scams
The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has issued a warning to residents to be cautious of a scam targeting seniors and people with disabilities through the Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. The scam consists of unsolicited telephone calls from a person claiming to work for the Department of Revenue. The caller tells the resident that their application for the rebate program has been approved and then asks if the recipient would provide bank account information so that the rebate can be directly deposited into a bank account. The Department of Revenue does not collect applicants’ bank information over the phone and is stressing that residents should never give out personal information over the phone to unsolicited callers. If you or someone you know has received one of these scam calls and provided banking information or other personal information, immediately call the bank to report the potential fraud.
Source: Times Herald; 6/21/2019


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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

This is such helpful information Hannah. The scammers sure get creative in their methods to rip people off, don't they? Wow. 

Jul 20, 2019 06:36 AM #1
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I second Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD comment, and I am glad that your state is doing something about it. There is no doubt that scams abound!  Wishing you a delightful weekend. A

Jul 20, 2019 06:50 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Hannah... what a great PSA! We don't provide much relief for seniors in NC in this regard...South Carolina does reduce the taxable value of properties for seniors over 65... but it's not a huge amount. We've recently had revaluations and a tax increase in Charlotte/Mecklenburg and it will hurt a lot of people on fixed incomes, I'm afraid. I'm always astonished how quickly scammers manage to get in on something "good" for people.

Jul 20, 2019 07:23 AM #3
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Great information Hannah for seniors in your area,  I hope you are getting a break soon by this heat wave.


Jul 20, 2019 10:06 AM #4
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  It is so sad that something so wonderful may be ruined by scammers.

Ron and Alexandra Seigel  So happy that the State of Pa. ia doing something positive for seniors with the lottery money as promised. So sad that scammer,s jumped on the band wagon. Hope this message serves as a warning 

Thank you both for your comments 


Jul 20, 2019 01:55 PM #5
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Nina Hollander  It is so sad I must agree with you 

Will Hamm  No relief from the heat for a few more days - 

Thank you both for taking the time to read this and your kind words 

Our seniors are such important people and it is so nice to see your concern 


Jul 20, 2019 02:00 PM #6
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Hi Hannah Williams this is such good information for senior living in Philadelphia and needing some asssistance. Any extra amount can make a huge difference in their lives. And as for those nasty scammers.... I have zero patience with people who take advantage of seniors or anybody else for that matter. I say throw the book at them.....get them off the streets.

Jul 20, 2019 02:47 PM #7
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886  I was so happy to read this as I heard a few widows complaining how difficult is now . I felt it was sad working hard all your life and now with the high rise of the cost of living feeling trapped inside . I believe some of these scammer's may be from out of the country so catching them may be impossible once the money has been obtained

Thnk you for your thoughtful comment 


Jul 20, 2019 03:08 PM #8
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hannah Williams - For seniors in Philly, you are the answer to their prayers. 

Seniors aren't getting the respect they deserve and it's such a dirty shame. 

Jul 20, 2019 05:23 PM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Hannah Williams - this is certainly important to know. We have a program called STAR in New York. 

Jul 20, 2019 05:45 PM #10
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  So glad this is being put into effect via the Pa lottery 

Grant Schneider  this is important information - I hope everyone gets a chance to read it 

Thank You Both for taking the time to acknowledge 


Jul 20, 2019 06:12 PM #11
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Two very important PSAs for seniors, Hannah. PA is offering wonderful programs for seniors, many of whom are on fixed incomes. We are actually looking into buying property in SC since their tax benefits are significantly better there than in NC. 

SC is a Homestead State and clients who have moved there are astonished at the wonderful rates - especially for seniors.

Hope you're having a fabulous weekend!  

Jul 20, 2019 10:37 PM #12
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hey sista,
I want to take ALL scammers and hang them by there feet in the streets to be flogged while they die!

As for the property tax and rent rebate program, I hope it helps lots of limited income seniors!  Thanks for sharing the info.

Jul 21, 2019 06:20 AM #13
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Good for you for getting the word out...I hope the program helps a bunch of seniors!

Jul 21, 2019 06:53 AM #14
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I laugh when I hear people complaining about rental rates rising and I think if only they had of been smart enough to buy something when they had the chance, their "rental" rate would have been locked in and they would have control.

Jul 21, 2019 07:53 AM #15
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Hannah most seniors are on a limited fixed income, so any monetary relief is very welcomed.

Jul 21, 2019 03:12 PM #16
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Hannah, This is positive news for seniors, but those scammers are always out there. It's so sad when you read stories of them taking advantage of seniors!

Jul 22, 2019 09:21 AM #17
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

That's a wonderful benefit for seniors in your area. I know many will apply as soon as they are eligible. 

Jul 30, 2019 04:57 PM #18
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Hannah, I have read here in the Rain of other states that do this, but Colorado doesn't have this benefit.

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