Homestead Filing Reminder

Monday, February 21, 2011 at 09:41AM

If you are a new Florida resident, one of the most valuable advantages you have acquired is the ability to claim the homestead exemption.  If you have not applied for the homestead exemption yet, I am making this post to remind you that you have until March 1 to apply for this year.  If you applied in previous years, the renewal of the exemption is automatic.

Initial applications for the homestead exemption must be made within January 1 and March 1 at the Property Appraiser's Office in the county where the property is located.  Many counties allow you to file by mail.  You should visit your county's Property Appraiser website to print out forms and to get further instructions.  Please remember that you can qualify for the homestead exemption only if you were a Florida resident residing in the property as your primary residence on January 1 of this year.

For more information regarding the advantages of the homestead exemption, read my earlier posts, here and here.