Can You Lose Your "Homestead Tax Exemption" by Renting Your Home? - by Kevin Aizenshtat


Under current law, a homeowner who rents his home for any length of time in two consecutive years can lose his homestead exemption. Starting July of 2013, a "safe harbor" allows people to rent their homestead up to 30 days a year without losing the exemption. However, rentals that exceed 30 days for two consecutive years jeopardize the homestead exemption in year two. Note: The law doesn't address how many days beyond the 30-day threshold triggers abandonment of homestead. A Department of Revenue opinion allows rentals up to six months every other year if proof of substantial residency and other conditions are met.

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