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Guide to changing the owner of the property

​​​​​​Are you entering a property or a new apartment? Have the tenants in the property changed?  Are you leaving an apartment and interested in removing your name or closing up an account that is in your name? For further information:

​According to the law, the obligation to pay municipal taxes falls upon the holder (see definition below) of the property, i.e. the individual with the closest connection to the property. The term can include: the owners of the property (so long as there is no one with a closer connection), and a renter whose rental agreement is for a period of no less than a year (in short-term rentals, the obligation to pay the Arnona falls on the owner of the property).

Notwithstanding, the obligation falls on the holder when the Municipality was given notice, in writing and in due time, of any change in the identity of the holder of the property. If no notice was submitted, the last holder registered at the Municipality and/or the property owners are obliged to pay the Arnona. Changing the registration at the Municipality does not entail payment and can be done online here in Hebrew. Only a registered holder may apply for an Arnona discount or receive a regional parking permit.

It is therefore very important that the owner of the property and anyone who leaves the property should immediately submit to the municipality a statement about a change in the identity of the holder of the property.  A holder who did not notify the Municipality about his leaving  the property, and did not make sure that his name  was removed from the Arnona billing, will continue to be billed for the property, and the municipality will be able to take legal measures to enforce the payment of the bill. The municipality has the authority to demand the full payment of the Arnona bill from a property owner who did not notify the municipality on time of a change of identity of the holder.

In the case of any change of holders of the property, whether by sale, rent or change of flatmate, a written statement, including all details of the change, must be passed to the Municipality as soon as possible.  


Please note, If the holder who wants to be registered in the Arnona records (as a renter or an owner) is not a citizen of Israel, they must come to the Arnona offices with a valid passport and a valid visa, in addition to the required documents listed below.

If the requested change is submitted by a person with power of attorney, they must also submit the power of attorney documentation and a copy of their ID.

"Holder": The individual with the closest connection to the property, such as: a tenant, by a person with permission permit and even a squater.

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​Holder \ Holders leaving (Not when the property is sold)

​Necessary Documentation : A confirmation signed by the owner of the property as to the exact date of departure,  in order to prevent future disagreement.

For disignated online form click here. Otherwise, use the printable form (click here)

Entrance of Holder \ Holders (Not when the property is sold)

Necessary Documentation : A copy of a complete and fully signed, valid rental contract
A copy of all the tenants’ ID certificates. Passport holders are required to come to the Arnona offices with a copy of all the tenants’ passports (tenants who are above 18 years of age and appear on the contract) and a valid Visa in order to register for the Arnona.
If the Arnona account is registered in the name of a previous tenant, a note containing confirmation as to the exact date of departure, signed by the owner of the property must be included, in order to prevent future disagreement.

For disignated online form click here. Otherwise, use the printable form (click here)

Tenants replacing each other [change in tenants] but at least one flatmate, who is registered by the Arnona, remains in the property

Necessary Documentation : A copy of a complete and fully signed, valid rental contract
A copy of all the tenants’ ID certificates. Passport holders are required to come to the Arnona offices with a copy of all the tenants’ passports (tenants who are above 18 years of age and appear on the contract) and a valid Visa in order to register for the Arnona.
If the Arnona account is registered in the name of a previous tenant, a note containing a confirmation as to the exact date of departure, signed by the owner of the property, must be included, in order to prevent future disagreement.

For disignated online form click here. Otherwise, use the printable form (click here)

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Arnona for non-residential properties

Holders leaving (Not when the property is sold)

Necessary Documentation: A confirmation signed by the owner of the property as to the exact date of departure, in order to prevent future disagreement.

For disignated online form click here. Otherwise, use the printable form (click here)

Entry of Holder \ Holders (Not when the property is sold)

Necessary Documentation: A copy of a complete and fully signed, valid rental contract.
A copy of all the tenants’ ID certificates. Passport holders are required to come to the Arnona offices with a copy of all the tenants’ passports (tenants who are above 18 years of age and appear on the contract) and a valid Visa in order to register for the Arnona.
If the holder is a registered corporation, one should attach:

  • Confirmation from an accountant or lawyer  regarding those who have the corporation's power of attorney.
  • A copy of the incorporation certificate.                

If the Arnona account is registered in the name of a previous tenant, one should attach a note containing a confirmation as to the exact date of departure, signed by the owner of the property, and including his identification details, in order to prevent future disagreement.

For disignated online form click here. Otherwise, use the printable form (click here)

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Change of holder when selling or buying a property

​Please note! There is a difference between transferring the obligation to pay the Arnona and issuing certification that there are no outstanding debts for the purpose of registering the property in “Tabu” (The Land Registration and Settlement of Rights Department records).

Click here for information (in hebrew) regarding this document

​Change of holders when selling a property

​A copy of a complete and fully signed, valid sale contract.

A copy of the buyers' and sellers' ID documents. Buyers who are passport holders are required to come to the Arnona offices with a copy of all the tennants' passports (who are above 18 years of age and appear on the contract) and a valid visa in order to register for the Arnona.
Buyers' and sellers' confirmation of the exact date of transaction – signed by both parties.
If the Arnona records are under the name of the holder and not of the property owners, one should attach a clarification as to the subject of his renting of the property:
If the registered tenant has left or is leaving the property, a confirmation as to the exact date of departure, signed by the new owner of the property must be included, in order to prevent future disagreement.
For disignated online form click here. Otherwise, use the printable form (click here)
If the registered tenant remains at the property, one should provide a new, fully signed, valid rental contract signed by the new owner.
If the new owner is a corporation, one should attach:
Confirmation from an accountant or lawyer  regarding those who have the corporation's power of attorney.
A copy of the incorporation certificate.

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