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Old 03-12-2010, 11:57 AM
 
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Hello,
I have owned a home in Tarrant County for six years, however, I recently moved overseas for a short time and was forced to lease out my house. I received a letter in the mail from the appraisal district asking me to re-apply for homestead exemption. I don't have a primary address in the US and although I own my house, I have leased it out. Can I still apply for homestead exemption considering I do not have another residence and will be coming back to this residence shortly? Please advise.
Thank you
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Old 03-12-2010, 09:31 PM
 
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The best I can offer is the following from the Tarrant County website on Homeowners Exemptions. Try contacting them through the link. I have had many dealings with them as I am a senior and have had occasions to change my exception status and I have found them to be very courteous and helpful.

GENERAL RESIDENTIAL HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION
1. To qualify for this exemption, you must own and reside in your home on January 1 of the tax year.
2. If you temporarily move away from your home, you still can qualify for this exemption, if you do not establish
another principal residence and you intend to return.

http://www.republictitle.com/outbound/ResGuide/Section%2005%20-%20Homestead%20Information.pdf (broken link)
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Old 03-12-2010, 10:46 PM
 
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Never heard of someone having to reapply. You sure it's not some company who wants you to pay them for this privilege ?
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Old 03-13-2010, 02:04 PM
 
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according to the info on the link--you don't have another primary residence because you intend to return to your home...
therefore you should still qualify for the exemption...
as someone said
contact the board--they have been very nice--gettting someone to answer the phone can be a problem though--don't know if emails work any better...
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Old 03-13-2010, 05:06 PM
 
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I just checked my 2009 tax statement for the correct e-mail address, it is; taxoffice@tarranrcounty.com
An e-mail would probably be the easiest way to contact them.
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