Local Option Homestead Exemption for Seniors





Variations in Receipt of Benefit

No Variation in Receipt of Benefits

Benefit Type



The benefit is an exemption from assessed value. Effective 9 April 2007, owner-occupiers 65 years of age or older with household incomes less than $24,214 are entitled to an additional exemption up to $50,000, if approved by the county or municipal governing authority.

How is Benefit Disbursed

Exemption from assessed value

Eligible Property Type


Characteristics of Eligible Property

Only residential property is eligible for this program.

Eligibility Criteria



Income Ceiling

Principal Residence

Description of Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must be 65 years of age or older, and they must have an income under $23,463, and they must have attained permanent Florida residency as of January 1.

Local Option in Adoption of Program

Local government is unable to exercise an option

Local Option Regarding Program Features

No local option regarding program features

State Funding for Local Tax Loss

Local government covers all of its tax loss

Description of State Funding for Tax Loss

State statutes do not provide for state funding for local tax loss.

Enrollment Data

In 2007, the additional exemption for seniors exempted $6,497,495,601 from 220,583 parcels of land.

Record ID



The homeowner must have legal title or beneficial title in equity of the property, and they also must make a good faith effort to make the property their permanent residence. The homestead exemption does not extend to residents claiming permanent residence in other states. A homestead damaged by misfortune or calamity that is uninhabitable on 1 January may qualify for the exemption if (a) the homeowner is otherwise qualified for a homestead exemption and (b) the homeowner intends to rebuild or repair the property within 3 years. Failure to rebuild or repair within 3 years constitute an abandonment of the property as a homestead.


Fla. Stat. § 196.075 (in effect for 2007)
Source Constitution: 
2007 Florida Property Valuations & Tax Data (2008) Florida Department of Revenue, pp. 17, 211 [http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/property/ Accessed 04/06/2010] View Archived Source

Florida Property Tax Valuation and Income Limitation Rates [http://www.myflorida.com/dor/property/limitations.html Accessed on 04/06/2010] View Archived Source
General List of Exemptions in Florida, Homestead Exemption up to $50,000 [http://www.myflorida.com/dor/property/exemptions.html Accessed on 04/06/2010] View Archived Source

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