Arnona is a tax that has to be paid once a year on your apartment, the cost depending on its size. Up to an 80-90% reduction can be received if the family meets low income eligiblility requirements. (Amount of income to be eligible varies based on number of family members or for various other reasons.)
Applying for a reduction
When can you apply?
It takes a few months from when you will receive your first bill for eligibility criteria to be ready at the Municipal Office. You will be able to apply for a reduction starting from March-April of the current billing period until the end of that year.
How do you apply?
Applications can be submitted in person (during public reception hours), by mail or by fax.
For address and information, see Government Offices page 172.
What is Needed:
•Arnona reduction form (which can be obtained in the Municipal Office)
•Chozeh (Legal Rent Contract)
•It must include the Ba’al Hadirah’s (landlord) and your passport or Teudat Zehut (Israeli Identity) numbers.
•It must be written according to the English months.
•It must cover the whole year, or have a possibility of extension.
•If the apartment is not on the renter’s name in the iriyah, 2 copies of the chozeh are needed.
•Copies of passports or teudat zehut of all family members.
•A letter from a certified rav stating the income of the family, and whether the parents work.
•If none of the parents work, a letter from a rav stating how the rent is paid is necessary. (Ex- parents pay directly to the landlord)
•If husband is a student: A letter from husband’s yeshiva stating that he is a student there, and how much he was paid in Oct, Nov and Dec of the previous year. (This letter can be merged with the above one.)
•If either parent works: Tlushim (record of payment) of October, November and December of previous year.
•If you received Sal Klita (absorption basket stipend from Misrad Haklita) in October, November, and December of the previous year: A letter from Misrad Haklita stating that.
•Degel HaTorah is very helpful in assisting those who are applying for Arnona discounts. They provide arnona discount assistance at their office (located at Reishis Chochma 23, Geula) Monday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8pm. You can give them your documents to hand in to iriya. They also answer questions over the phone. Their number is 537-1172.