Do I have to be a citizen to qualify?
Citizenship is not required to file for homestead exemption. An applicant who is not a U.S. citizen must present a resident alien card (green card) when they apply.
What if the property is in trust?
In these cases, it is necessary for the applicant to furnish a copy of the trust agreement. Florida law specifies those situations under which the resident may obtain homestead exemption. The Florida Constitution requires that the homestead claimant have legal title or beneficial title in equity to the property.
Can I get homestead exemption on a mobile home?
Yes, you may if you own the land on which the mobile home is located. When applying, you must prove the title or registration to the mobile home.
Is there any appeal if I miss the deadline for filing?
Yes. You must file an appeal with the Value Adjustment Board and a late application for homestead exemption. The deadline for filing is set by law -- on or before the 25th day following the mailing of the notice of proposed property taxes (T.R.I.M. notice). This date usually falls in early September. You may call us for this service at 954-252-9111.