Sydney Water – Claim your pension rebate (non-homeowner)
Sydney Water Pension Rebate Eligibility
Eligible pensioners in Sydney are entitled to receive a discount (a pension rebate) on their Sydney Water fixed service charges for their home.
If you don’t own your own home, you may still be entitled to the pension rebate if you’re the owner’s spouse, a life tenant or the beneficiary of a will, or your home is owned through a company trust or have a family arrangement with the homeowner.
What is a ‘family arrangement’?
A family arrangement is where the pensioner lives in a home owned by their brother, sister, mother, father, daughter or son.
If you don’t own your own home and want to claim the pension rebate on the basis that you have a family arrangement with the homeowner, you must provide a Deed of Agreement signed by a lawyer.
What is a Deed of Agreement?
The Deed of Agreement should outline the following information:
- Relationship of affected parties
- Statement of right to occupation of property
- Statement of ownership of property
- Statement of financial responsibility of property
- Dates the agreement is applicable for
- Signatures of impacted parties and lawyer
Importantly, the Deed of Agreement cannot be signed in front of a justice of the peace – it can only be signed in front of a lawyer.
You can download a template for the Deed of Agreement from the Sydney Water website.
Can a justice of the peace sign the Deed of Agreement?
If you’re using the Deed of Agreement as proof of a family arrangement to qualify for a pension rebate with Sydney Water, your Deed of Agreement must be signed in front of a lawyer. Sydney Water will not accept the Deed of Agreement signed in front of a justice of the peace.
Can a notary public sign the Deed of Agreement?
In Australia, all notaries are senior lawyers. Since Sydney Water requires the homeowner and the pensioner to sign the Deed of Agreement in front of a lawyer, it also means that the Deed of Agreement can be signed in front of a notary public.
Although a notary public’s primary role is to notarise documents from Australia to be used in other countries, a notary public can also witness a homeowner and a pensioner sign the Deed of Arrangement for Sydney Water.
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