The Palm Beach Property Appraiser is who you need to contact to file for Homestead Exemption. Florida grants a standard $25,000 exemption on the assessed value of qualified residential property. An additional exemption up to $25,000 also may apply to your property.
*Homestead Exemption is granted to permanent Florida residents only. You must own the property and it must be your permanent residence on January 1st to qualify. A permanent residence is the address listed on your voter’s registration card, driver’s license or ID, the place where you register your cars and file your income tax. If you or your spouse are receiving a residence based exemption or benefit in another county, state or country, you are not eligible for exemption.
*Florida Statute 196.015 and 196.031
When qualifying for Homestead Exemption, you will need the following documents for all owners applying at the Palm Beach Property Appraiser:
1. Florida Driver’s License or Florida ID if you do not drive
2. Florida car registration
3. Florida Voter’s ID (if you vote)
4. Immigration documents if not a U.S. citizen.
Documents should reflect the address of your homesteaded property.
Homestead Exemption also qualifies you for the 3% Cap Save our Homes 3% (SOH)
Rental of a Homesteaded Property
You may rent your homesteaded property for 30 days or less per calendar year and maintain a homestead exemption. Rental for more than 30 days for two consecutive years or for more than six months constitutes abandonment of a homestead exemption.
Exempt property rented after January 1 of any year does not affect the homestead exemption for that particular year. If the property is rented on January 1 of the following year or the terms of the lease are six months or more the exemption will be denied.
Property owners are required to notify the Palm Beach Property Appraiser’s Office when their property no longer qualifies for exemption. Failure to do so could result in a Homestead Tax Lien with substantial penalty and interest.
*Florida Statute 196.061 and 196.011 (9) (a).
Please call the Palm Beach Property Appraiser Exemption Services at 561.355.2866 for more information.