What is The Homestead Exemption?

A homestead exemption is  a way to reduce your property taxes by a significant amount on your primary residence.

Who is Eligible?
To apply, the home must be your legal residence as of January 1st for all purposes, often including the registration of your vehicles and filing of income tax.  

When is the Filing Deadline?
You must apply before April 1 following the year the home became your primary residence.  We recommend that you complete the application as soon as you receive your recorded Warranty Deed.

The exemption is automatically renewed each following year, provided you continually occupy the home under the same ownership.

It is a good idea to verify eligibility, if you added or removed a person from the title, or had any other changes to the ownership/title.

Can I have more than one "homestead"?
You cannot apply for homestead on more than one property.

What documents do I need to apply?
To apply for homestead, you will need the following:
  1. Recorded Warranty Deed for the property to be homesteaded
  2. Driver's License with property address
  3. Settlement Statement
  4. Vehicle Registration
  5. Homestead application form ( check your County Website)

Where do I apply?
Check your County Website.  Some require in-person filing; others may have online or regular mail options.