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Old 08-11-2008, 10:42 AM
 
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Cool Homesteading Rules in Florida - Help!

We have purchased a home in Florida. How can we qualify for Homesteading? We plan to live there at least 6 months out of the year (including over the 1st of the year each year). We will have a Florida driver's license, we will register to vote in Florida, & our car will be registered in Florida. Will that qualify us? All the verbage on this subject is very confusing!
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CPow
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:46 AM
 
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We have purchased a home in Florida. How can we qualify for Homesteading? We plan to live there at least 6 months out of the year (including over the 1st of the year each year). We will have a Florida driver's license, we will register to vote in Florida, & our car will be registered in Florida. Will that qualify us? All the verbage on this subject is very confusing!
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CPow
Are you employed anywhere?
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:52 AM
 
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If you really plan to make Floirda your permanent home, then you go to the Tax Collectors office and fill out the app. That's all you need to do.

Here are the requirements:
Every person who has legal or equitable title to real property in the State of Florida and who resides on the property on January 1 and in good faith makes it his or her permanent home is eligible for a homestead exemption. If title is held by the husband alone, a wife may file for him, with his consent, and vice-versa. If property is held by the entireties, one spouse may file as agent for the other.
If filing for the first time, be prepared to answer these questions:
  1. In whose name or names was the title to the dwelling recorded as of January 1?
  2. What is the street address of the property?
  3. How long have you been a legal resident of the State of Florida? (A Declaration of Domicile or Voter's Registration will be proof of date before January 1.)
  4. Do you have a Florida license plate on your car and a Florida driver's license?
  5. Were you living in the dwelling on January 1?
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Old 08-11-2008, 03:46 PM
 
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Are you employed anywhere?
We are retired & received retirement income from Oregon. But we do hold title on a home in Florida
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Old 08-11-2008, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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We have purchased a home in Florida. How can we qualify for Homesteading? We plan to live there at least 6 months out of the year (including over the 1st of the year each year). We will have a Florida driver's license, we will register to vote in Florida, & our car will be registered in Florida. Will that qualify us? All the verbage on this subject is very confusing!
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CPow
See link to site: FL Dept Rev - Property Tax Exemptions
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:59 PM
 
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We are retired & received retirement income from Oregon. But we do hold title on a home in Florida
That's okay. Come on down, sign up for homestead, and you are good to go. As long as you, in good faith, say Florida is your permanent residence, you will be fine.
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Old 03-06-2011, 07:52 PM
 
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If I live in a transient Hotel condominium resort which i bought 3 years ago can i be homesteaded
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:05 PM
 
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To qualify for homesteading in florida must i live here 6 months out of the year
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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To qualify for a homestead exemption on your property- you must be a Florida resident and occupy the property as your permanent residence.
Evidence of permanent FL residence is a FL driver lic., FL vehicle registration, Voter registration card, declaration of domicile, dependent children in school, place of employment, address on Federal income tax returns.
The law does not require you to reside at your property a minimum number of days per year.
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