Who is eligible for Arnona discounts?
If you or another resident of your household fall under one of the following categories, you may be eligible for an Arnona discount, or hanacha, of up to 90%.
- Low Income (see below)
- Mandatory Service/Released Soldiers
- In Urgent Need
- New Immigrants
- Recipients of Avtachat Hachnasa or Alimony
- Senior Citizens
- Single Parent Families
- New & Empty Properties
Eligibility for an income-based discount is granted based on the monthly average of income received either during October, November and December of the previous calendar year, or throughout the whole year. You may select which option works better for you on the application form. See chart below to approximate your eligibility.
When can you apply?
Usually, discounts may be applied for starting mid-January. If the discount chart has not yet been published by the Municipality, or if you plan on applying for a discount later, you are still responsible to set up a payment plan (or pay in full) at the beginning of the year. Severe consequences may otherwise apply. See “Paying Arnona”.
Moreover, if you receive a discount but neglect to pay your dues by the end of the calendar year, policy dictates that the discount will be revoked.
If you have not registered your apartment under your name, you must do so before applying for a discount. See “Filing Under Your Name”.
How do you apply?
Applications may be submitted online, in person during public reception hours or left in their drop box. To apply in person, make an appointment for the “hanachot b’Arnona” department as per the information at the end of this article.
Visa holders will only receive a discount for the part of year during which their visas are valid. Once they are renewed, they must be presented to the Arnona office so that the discount may apply for the remainder of the year.
What do you need?
If you are not a resident of Jerusalem, please confirm your local municipality’s regulations.
- Teudat zehut or foreign passport with valid A-category visa for all family members, and a copy of each. If an Israeli child is not yet listed on a parent’s teudat zehut, bring a copy of the birth certificate.
- Arnona reduction form, available at the Arnona office, online, or at Chaim V’Chessed
- Arnona bill
- Chozeh (rental contract): must include the teudat zehut (Israeli ID) numbers or foreign passport numbers of both you and your landlord; must be written according to the secular months; and must be current. If it expires before the end of the year, a signed statement of extension must be included.
- If an adult resident is a salaried worker:
- Tlushim (payment records) of October, November and December of the previous year, or of the entire year, if you would like it all taken into account. Tlushim must be signed by the workplace.
- If he or she earned less than a full-time salary, and/or if there were months that he or she did not work over the accounted period, present a doch rikuz mekomot avodah from Bituach Leumi. This certificate states where and for how long he or she was employed over the accounted period.
To obtain this document, you may print it out either from your online Bituach Leumi account or from the self-service machine in the Arnona office (located in waiting area). For the second option, you will need your Bituach Leumi number and a four-digit PIN code, also used to access the Bituach Leumi phone line.
- If one received maternity leave for part of the accounted period, include a certificate from Bituach Leumi that details the amount paid per day of the leave, and tlushim for the rest of the period.
- If an adult resident is a self-employed worker: shumat mas for the previous calendar year
- If at least one resident over age 18 was unemployed and was not a student during October, November and December of the previous calendar year:
- Present an original letter signed by a dayan, judge or lawyer stating that this resident does not work. The letter must include the ID/passport number of the dayan/lawyer who signs it.
- If the resident has a teudat zehut or holds a permitted-to-work visa, a doch rikuz mekomot avodah from Bituach Leumi (see above) must be obtained and presented with the discount application. The Iriyah may also request an ishur ma’amad lo oveid from Bituach Leumi as well.
- Families with three or more children under age 18 whose parents are teudat zehut holders and the mother does not work –
- If the family receives avtachat hachnasa from Misrad Hachinuch, present a bank account statement from October, November or December of the previous calendar year in which the stipend appears. The statement must include the name and teudat zehut number of the bank account owner.
- If the family does not receive avtachat hachnasa from Misrad Hachinuch, present bank accounts from October, November and December of the previous calendar year, as well as a letter from a dayan certifying that (a) the mother does not work and (b) the reason why the family did not receive the pension.
- If you do not pay your rent independently, you must bring an original letter signed by a dayan, judge or lawyer describing how the rent is paid (e.g. parents pay directly to the landlord). If your parents pay the landlord directly, this must be stated explicitly, specifying the method of payment (either “by check” – include a copy of the check – or “by cash via a messenger/shaliach”). This letter may be combined with [7a] above.
In addition, you must provide a letter from the landlord with his contact information (name, address, cell phone, email), stating via which method he receives the rent money (as above). It is recommended he include the amount being paid.
- For a yeshiva or kollel student, submit an original certificate from the yeshiva or kollel (on the yeshiva’s official letterhead, including its mispar amuta, non-profit number). This letter must clearly delineate the student’s name, the student’s passport or teudat zehut number, days and hours of study, stipend paid for the previous October, November and December, and the name, position and ID number of the signer.
- Children over age 18 –
- Students: original certificate from school with name and ID number of child
- Employed children: tlushim of previous October, November and December
- Documentation of any other income, e.g. rent from owned apartments
- If you received sal klita (absorption stipend from Misrad Haklita) during October, November, and December of the previous year, you must bring a letter from Misrad Haklita stating as such.
- If the household receives avtachat hachnasa (pension) or any other pension from Bituach Leumi, aside from kitzvat yeladim, zikna and she’airim: present a letter from Bituach Leumi that certifies the amount of the stipend.
- A-category visa holders are required to provide daf knisot v’yetziot from Misrad Hapnim for both parents.
Income-Based Discounts on Large Apartments
An income-based discount may not be granted if you live in a very large apartment. Take this into consideration when deciding whether to rent part of a large, sub-divided apartment.
Apartments of up to 100 meters:
Eligible for a low income hanacha if other requirements are met.
Apartments over 100 meters
A discount may be obtained, but it will only apply to 100 meters of the apartment.
Exception: families of ten or more are eligible for a hanacha based on family size. A hanacha is granted on ten meters per resident – so a family of eleven can receive a hanacha on 110 meters.
Apartments 160+ meters
You cannot get a hanacha at all.
Exception: if the family living there has 13 children or more, a hanacha may be obtained.
Parental support as income considerations, based on apartment size:
In apartments up to 120 meters, parental support given to cover rent is not counted as income.
In apartments larger than 120 meters, this dispensation does not apply. In such a case, all parental support is considered personal income.
Table of Income-Based Discounts for 2020
Working children over age 18: if only one child is working, a salary of less than 5,300 NIS is not calculated as income. If two or more children work, 50% of all children’s full salaries are calculated as part of family income.
|1||up to: 2,889 NIS||2,889 NIS — 3,322 NIS||3,322 NIS — 3,755 NIS||3,755 NIS — 5,300 NIS|
|2||up to: 4,334 NIS||4,334 NIS — 4,984 NIS||4,984 NIS — 5,634 NIS||5,634 NIS — 7,951 NIS|
|3||up to: 5,027 NIS||5,027 NIS — 5,781 NIS||5,781 NIS — 6,535NIS||6,535NIS — 9,223 NIS|
|4||up to: 5,720 NIS||5,720 NIS — 6,578 NIS||6,578 NIS — 7,436 NIS||7,436 NIS — 10,494 NIS|
|5||up to: 7,239 NIS||7,239 NIS — 8,325 NIS||8,325 NIS — 9,411 NIS||9,411 NIS — 13,282 NIS|
|6||up to: 8,759 NIS||8,759 NIS — 10,073 NIS||10,073 NIS — 11,387 NIS||11,387 NIS — 16,070 NIS|
|7||up to: 10,279 NIS||10,279 NIS — 11,821 NIS||11,821 NIS — 13,362 NIS||13,362 NIS — 18,858 NIS|
|8||up to: 11,798 NIS||11,798 NIS — 13,568 NIS||13,568 NIS — 15,338 NIS||15,338 NIS — 21,646 NIS|
|9||up to: 13,318 NIS||13,318 NIS — 15,316 NIS||15,316 NIS — 17,313 NIS||17,313 NIS — 24,434|
|10+||1,480 NIS per person||1,702 NIS per person||1,942 NIS per person||2,715 NIS per person|