Report Homestead Fraud

Homestead Exemption was created as a benefit for homeowners who live in Florida and make it their permanent and legal residence. If you know of anyone who is claiming homestead exemption on a property that he or she is not permanently residing in, is rented, vacant or is merely a vacation home, we urge you to make a report to our office. In the interest of expediency it is extremely helpful and time saving to an investigation if we speak to you personally but in the end you may remain anonymous if you prefer.

Please remember that the status of a property on January 1 each year is used to determine the property’s value and exemption status FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR. That means if a property owner has Homestead Exemption and sells his property; his exemption will remain on the property for the entire calendar year, and will be removed as of January 1 of the next year. Although there will still be an exemption on the property after the sale, it is NOT the new owner’s exemption.

NOTICE! Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity or complete this form. Instead, contact this office by phone at 561-355-2866 or in writing to: Exemption Compliance Team, Palm Beach County Property Appraiser 301 N. Olive Avenue, 1st Floor, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

I wish to proceed with reporting an improper homestead exemption; I have read the notice above and understand that my e-mail address and contact information will become public record. Yes No