Applying for Homestead or Relative Homestead

To apply for the homestead classification for your residence, you must fill out an application. To qualify for the homestead classification you must:
  • Occupy the property listed on this application as your primary residence
  • Be one of the owners of the property
  • Be a Minnesota resident

Homestead Application

Your county assessor will determine whether you are a Minnesota resident for purposes of the homestead classification, using some or all of the following criteria:
  • You are registered to vote in Minnesota
  • You have a valid Minnesota driver's license
  • You file a Minnesota income tax return
  • You list a property in Minnesota as your permanent mailing address
  • You are employed by a business located in Minnesota
  • Your children, if any, attend school in Minnesota
  • You are not a resident of any other state or country
State law (MS 273.124, Subdivision 13) requires that the Social Security numbers and signatures of the owners occupying this property appear on this application. If there is not enough space for all required signatures and Social Security numbers, use an extra sheet and include it with the application.

Social Security numbers are confidential information. Under state law (MS 273.124, Subdivision 13), they may be given by your county assessor to the Minnesota Department of Revenue to determine whether you and the owner of the property to whom you are related have applied for the homestead classification for other properties.

Renewing Your Homestead Classification
Once the initial homestead application is filed and the property is granted homestead status, there is no need to file a homestead application again as long as the property is owned by the same party. The property will remain homestead until the property is sold or transferred to another person. Previously, a homestead application had to be filed every 4 years beginning with the 1993 assessment.

Penalties
A property owner who obtains or attempts to obtain homestead classification for a property other than his or her primary place of residence or the primary place of residence of his or her relative is under state law subject to a fine of up to $3,000 and/or up to 1 year of imprisonment (MS 609.41). In addition, the property owner will be required to pay all tax which is due on the property based on its correct property class plus a penalty equal to the difference between the tax based on the homestead classification and that based on the property's correct class (MS 273.124, Subdivision 13). 
 
Relative Homestead
In addition to your own homestead, you may be able to obtain homestead classification for property you own in Minnesota in which your relative lives as his or her residence. To receive relative homestead classification, the property must be the residence of any of the following: child, stepchild, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, parent, stepparent, parent-in-law, grandchild, grandparent, brother, brother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, uncle, husband or wife. Contact the Wright County Assessor's Office for more information or click here for an  application form.

If You Move
If at any time you sell the property or change your primary residence, state law requires you to notify the County Assessor within 30 days. If you fail to notify the Assessor within 30 days, you will be required to pay the tax which is due on the property based on its correct property class plus a penalty.


If Your Relative Moves
If at any time your relative no longer occupies your property claiming Relative Homestead, state law requires you to notify the County Assessor within 30 days. If you fail to notify the Assessor within 30 days, you will be required to pay the tax which is due on the property based on its correct property class plus a penalty.