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Homestead Office Hours:   Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

What is a Homestead Classification?

Homestead is a classification granted to properties that are owner-occupied, or that are occupied by a qualifying relative of the owner. If you qualify for homestead, you may see a reduction in your property taxes, and you may be eligible for one of the State's Property Tax Refund programs.

The homestead classification is not automatic or transferred to you by the seller at the time of sale. You must apply for the homestead classification in your name after you both own and occupy the property.

Who qualifies?

To be eligible you must own, or be the qualifying relative of the owner, and occupy the property residence on January 2 or December 1, in order for taxes to be payable the following year to be classified as homestead. Initial application must be made no later than December 15 of the year you or your relative moves into the property.

How do I apply?

In addition to your proof of ownership, evidence of occupancy is required by the assessor. For more information about all the requirements, please visit the Hennepin County Web pages regarding homestead issues.

Once the homestead classification is approved for your property, the homestead benefits apply for as long as the ownership and qualifying occupancy remains the same. You are required to notify the Assessor within 30 days of any change in ownership or occupancy.

If there has been a change in martial status or a death of one of the owners, the homeowner must notify the Assessor of this change. This change is needed to update the homestead classification and name changes may be needed so that tax statements will come to the proper homeowner.

Property owners who are blind or permanently and totally disabled may qualify for an additional tax reduction.

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