Time to file homestead applications

Please contact your county assessor to file a homestead application, on or before December 15, 2012, if you purchased a property in the past year and you, or a qualifying relative, occupy the property for homestead purposes on December 1, 2012; or you, or a qualifying relative occupy a property for homestead purposes on December 1, 2012, and the property was previously classified as non homestead.

A qualifying relative, for homestead purposes, depends on the type of property. For residential property, a qualifying relative can be parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece of the owner. This relationship may be by blood or marriage. For agricultural property, a qualifying relative can be a child, grandchild, sibling or parent of the owner or a child or grandchild or sibling of the spouse of the owner.

Once you have been granted the homestead classification, no further applications are necessary unless they are specifically requested by the county assessor.

You must also contact the assessor by December 15, 2012, if you are the property owner, or a qualifying relative of the property owner, and the use of the property has changed during the past year.

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