House Bill 585 - Effective September 1, 2013:
The recent session of the Texas Legislature imposed new standards of mandatory disclosure for those property owners who apply for any one of several kinds of homestead exemptions starting September 1.
Applicants must provide the following:
The Chief appraiser is prohibited from granting the exemption unless the address of the property matches the address on the driver's license and registration receipt or utility bill.
Certain applicants are exempt from the requirement:
If you are exempt from the requirement to provide a copy of your driver's license or state-issued personal identification certificate, attach supporting documentation for:
Certain applicants may request the chief appraiser to waive the requirement:
You may request that the chief appraiser waive the requirement that the address of the property for which the exemption is claimed correspond to the address listed on your driver's license or state-issued personal identification certificate if:
The new requirement that takes effect on September 1, 2013 is required for any one of the several ways property owners can qualify for a residential property homestead. These include the following:
Each of the exemptions cited above have additional requirements for qualification. However, the common standard is that all such applicants & spouse must provide the additional documentation as noted before regarding driver's license, Texas issued identification card, motor vehicle registration, and utility billing receipt. The exemption is not an annual application but you must re apply if the chief appraiser requests and all requirements must be met.
For those seeking the homestead exemption status on a manufactured home, the applicant must also provide documentation as noted below:
Note: If you do not have any information on the manufactured home and you would like to obtain a Statement of Ownership and Location, you may contact the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to obtain instructions on how to acquire new Texas Seals with a new Label Number. TDHCA - P.O. Box 12489, Austin, Texas 78711-2489. PH# (800) 500-7074, (512) 475-2200 FAX (9512) 475-1109. Website: www.tdhca.state.tx.us/mh/index.htm