Please contact your assessor’s office to file a homestead application on or before December 15, 2011, if one of the following applies:
* You purchased a new property in the past year and you, or a qualifying relative, occupy the property for homestead purposes on or before December 1, 2011; or
* You, or a qualifying relative, occupy a property for homestead purposes on or before December 1, 2011, 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 a 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, 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 assessor’s office.
You must also contact the assessor’s office by December 15, 2011 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.
If you should sell, move, or for any reason no longer qualify for the homestead classification, you are required to notify the assessor’s office within 30 days of the change in homestead status.
Failure to notify the assessor’s office within this 30-day period may result in recalculation of tax as non-homestead, in addition to a penalty equal to 100 percent of the homestead benefits.
St. Cloud City Assessor’s Office