To qualify for the homestead tax credit
- You must own and occupy the property as your primary residence before Dec. 1.
- You must be a Minnesota resident.
- Married couples are considered "one unit" for the purpose of homestead. Applications must include information for both spouses, even if just one name appears on the deed.
To qualify for relative homestead
- You must be a relative or an in-law of the owner (son, daughter, parent, grandchild, grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew).
- You must occupy the property as your primary residence.
- You must be a Minnesota resident. If the occupant is a relative of the owner, the owner does not have to be a Minnesota resident.
How to apply
To file for homestead, all new homeowners must come to City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park, MN 55416. Bring one of these forms, as evidence of the title transfer, with you:
- Warranty deed
- Contract for deed
- Certificate of title
- Quit claim deed
After your application is processed, a homestead card will be sent to you by mail. The card should be filled out, signed by all owners and returned in order to complete the application process.
After the first filing, your homestead status is automatically renewed. No further action is required until you sell or rent your home, or no longer use it as your primary living place.
If you have a relative homestead, if must be confirmed every year. Assessing staff will send you a card that must be signed and returned.
Removing your homestead status
If you sell, move or no longer qualify for homestead for any reason, you must notify the assessor’s office within 30 days. If you don’t, your property tax may be recalculated as non-homestead, and it could include a penalty equal to 100 percent of the homestead benefits.
St. Louis Park Assessing Division