Philadelphia Real Estate Helpful News and Views : Seniors Property Tax/Rent Relief Rebate Programs in Pennsylvania

Seniors Property Tax/Rent Relief Rebate Programs in Pennsylvania

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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Comment balloon 19 commentsHannah Williams • July 20 2019 01:25PM


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

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 1 year ago


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

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 1 year ago

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.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) over 1 year ago

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


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 1 year ago

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 


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 1 year ago

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 


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 1 year ago

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.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRS, Broker, Instructor, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) over 1 year ago

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 


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 1 year ago

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. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 1 year ago

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

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 1 year ago

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 


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 1 year ago

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!  

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 1 year ago

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.

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) over 1 year ago

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

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 1 year ago

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.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Vacasa) over 1 year ago

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

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 1 year ago

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!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) over 1 year ago

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

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, about 1 year ago

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

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 1 year ago