Chapter 59 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:-
Section 95. (a) For the purposes of this section, the following words shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly requires otherwise:
“Dependent”, the wife, husband, widow, widower, child, mother or father of a veteran, including a person who stood in the relationship of a parent to the veteran for the 5 years preceding the commencement of the veteran’s wartime service; provided, however, that no child of a veteran who is more than 18 years of age shall be considered a dependent unless the child is attending school to complete a high school course or its equivalent or unless the child is mentally or physically unable to be financially independent and the child’s disability existed before the child attained that age or unless the child is younger than 23 years of age and is a full-time student at an educational institution which maintains a regular faculty and curriculum and has a regularly organized body of students in attendance at the place where its educational activities are carried on.
“Dwelling unit”, any house or building or portion of a house or building that is occupied, designed to be occupied or is rented, leased or hired out to be occupied as a home or residence of 1 or more persons.
“Landlord”, the owner, lessor or sublessor of a dwelling unit.
“Veteran”, a veteran as defined in clause Forty-third of section 7 of chapter 4.
(b) At the option of the board of selectmen of a town or the town council in a municipality having a town council form of government or the mayor with the approval of the city council in a city, a landlord who leases a dwelling unit to a veteran or a dependent of a veteran who receives veterans’ benefits pursuant to chapter 115 at a reduced rate of $200 per month below fair market value may be eligible for an annual tax rebate of $3000 and the occupant of the dwelling may qualify for the low-income home energy assistance program or its successor program.
(c) At the option of the board of selectmen of a town or the town council in a municipality having a town council form of government or the mayor with the approval of the city council in a city, residential real property owned by a veteran who has a service-connected disability may qualify for an exemption of $400.
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