Bill Morris: Texas homestead changes ...

Texas homestead changes ...

In case you missed it, the Texas Legislature enacted new rules in this year's session aimed at making sure that property owners claiming the Homestead Exemption from a portion of their property taxes are legitimately using the home as their primary residence. That law took effect on September 1, 2011. If you already own your home and have your exemption in place, this does NOT affect you, but ...

If you buy a new home and need to file a new Homestead Exemption Application, or if you want to add additional homestead-related exemptions ("Over 65," for example) you will need to provide more info than in the past. Specifically, you'll need to provide a copy of your Texas driver's license (or State-issued ID) and a copy of your vehicle registration receipt. The addresses on both must match the address you are claiming as your homestead.

If you bought a home this year, don't rush out to file for your homestead exemption. You're not eligible to claim it until January 1, 2012 anyway. (And don't fall for a scam by paying somebody to file it for you!) When the time comes though, be aware of these new requirements.

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Comment balloon 3 commentsBill Morris • September 03 2011 10:40AM


Great post Bill, thanks for sharing! I did not know about this so I'm very glad you brought it to my attention!

Posted by Jen Giraud (American Home Shield) about 9 years ago

Bill, I have a house across the street from me that has been an attempted flip for several years no with no success and multiple owners during that time.  The guy that owned it before the current owner lived in a different county entirely but claimed this house as his homestead.  The house wasn't even inhabitable.  It always kinda erked me.

Posted by Howard Weiss, Arlington & DFW, TX (Fathom Realty) about 9 years ago

I don't know how often if has happened, but there was always a built-in temptation for owners of multiple homes to claim the most expensive one as their homestead, regardless which one is really "home."

Posted by Bill Morris, ABR, CRS, CDPE, ePRO, MBA (RE/MAX Capital City) about 9 years ago