Q. I’m 77 years old and I am planning on moving to another town in New Jersey. I have been getting my Senior Freeze for my house. Will I be able to apply for it in my new residence?
A. Congrats on your new home, but you’re going to have to wait before getting the Senior Freeze in your new place.
The Senior Freeze reimburses eligible senior citizens and disabled New Jersey residents for property tax or mobile home park site fee increases on their principal residence, said Abby Rosen, a certified financial planner with RegentAtlantic in Morristown.
To get the Senior Freeze, you’ll have to complete an application to make sure you qualify.
Per the New Jersey Division of Taxation website, these are the eligibility requirements:
• You or your spouse must be 65 or older or receiving federal Social Security disability payments
• You lived in N.J. continuously for at least the last 10 years, either as a homeowner or renter
• Homeowners: You owned and lived in your current home for at least the last 3 years. Mobile Home Owners: You leased a site in a mobile home park where you placed a manufactured or mobile home that you owned for at least the last 3 years
• You paid in full your property taxes or mobile home site fees due.
• You met the income limits
Rosen put in a call to the Senior Freeze Hotline — (800) 882-6597 — and she said a representative told her that if you move in 2018, you will need to wait two years before applying again, Rosen said.
“The representative stated that you could apply for the 2020 senior freeze in the beginning of 2021,” Rosen said.
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