Homestead Classification

Homestead is a classification granted to properties that are owner-occupied, lowering taxes on that property.

The homestead classification is not automatic or transferred to you by the seller at the time of sale. You must apply for the homestead classification in your name after you purchase and move in.

Important Property Tax Homestead Notice

This will affect your property taxes and eligibility for Property Tax Refund

Have you purchased or moved into a property in the past year?
Contact your county assessor to file a homestead application if you or a qualifying relative occupy the property as a homestead on or before December 1.

What is a qualifying relative?
For agricultural property, a qualifying relative includes a child, grandchild, sibling or parent of the owner or the owner's spouse.

For residential property, a qualifying relative also includes the owner's uncle, aunt, nephew or niece.

When do I apply?
You must apply on or before December 15.

Once homestead is granted, annual applications are not necessary unless they are requested by the county assessor.

Contact the assessor by December 15 if the use of the property you own or occupy as a qualifying relative has changed during the past year.

If you sell, move or for any reason no longer qualify for the homestead classification, you are required to notify the county assessor within 30 days of the change in homestead status.

Who qualifies?

Any property owner who is a Minnesota resident and occupies the property as their primary residence may apply for the homestead classification.

To be eligible you must own and occupy the property as your primary residence on January 2 or December 1, in order for taxes payable the following year to be classified as homestead. Application must be made no later than December 15.

State law also provides for the homestead classification to be extended to properties that are occupied by a qualifying relative of the owner. Special application is required and must be made in person by the owners and relative occupying the property. For more information on the relative homestead classification, contact the Assessor's office.

What are the benefits?

Homestead properties pay a lower property tax than non-homestead properties. In addition, only owners of homestead property are eligible for the State Property Tax Refund.

How do I apply?

  1. Locate your ownership documents. You would have received copies when you attended the closing for your property. Ownership documents consist of a deed (most likely a Warranty Deed) and copy of a Certificate of Real Estate Value. The deed can be identified by its name located in the upper left hand corner of the document. Other deeds that are common are Quit Claim, Contract for Deed, Trustee's Deed, and Personal Representative's Deed. Social Security numbers for all owners of the property are also required.
  2. Download and complete the Homestead Application. (Also available to fill out at City Hall.)
  3. Submit the Homestead Application with a copy of your deed and Certificate of Real Estate Value, to City Hall in any of the following ways:
    1. Mail to: City Hall, Attn: Assessing Dept, 1010 1st St S, Hopkins, MN 55343
    2. Drop off in person during office hours
    3. Drop off in the after hours drop box located on the east side of City Hall next to visitor parking

Applications may also be submitted online through Hennepin County online services.

After the application is processed, a homestead declaration card will be mailed to you. This card must be signed and returned to the Hopkins Assessor's office. The homestead classification will remain with the property until it is sold, rented, or no longer used as your primary residence. In these instances, you must notify the City of Hopkins within 30 days of the change.

Questions? Call 952-548-6310.



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