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What is a homestead property?
A homestead property is a dwelling primarily used by an owner as his or her permanent home. The owner may be living temporarily at another location, but he or she must have the intention of returning to that home. No one can have more than one permanent home at any one time. Homestead properties do not include rental units, vacation homes, camps, or other homes in which the owner does not live on a permanent basis. In general, it is the address where the owner registered to vote and has registered his or her driver's license.

The homestead property includes the land under the dwelling, as long as it is owned by the same person who owns the dwelling. The formal definition of property is the same as that used for determining residence status for the earned income tax.

Homeowner Tax Relief Act

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1. What is a homestead property?
2. What is a farmstead property?
3. Will every property owner receive tax relief?
4. How do I apply for a homestead / farmstead exclusion?
5. I have applied for a homestead/farmstead exclusion previously and was approved, do I need to apply again?
6. Do I qualify for an exclusion if the property is not deeded in my name?
7. Does the homestead / farmstead exclusion have any effect on clean and green status?
8. I own my home or mobile home, but not the parcel of land beneath my home. Should I apply?