A property owner may claim a Homeowner's exemption in California on a residence that is both owned and occupied at 12:01 a.m. on January 1. You may also file within 30 days of a change in ownership or new construction that will trigger a supplemental assessment. The exemption reduces your assessed value by $7,000 and reduces the tax bill by at least $70.
It is the homeowner's responsibility to apply for the exemption. To receive the full exemption, you must file with the Assessor's office between January 1 and February 15, or within 30 days of a Notice of Supplemental Assessment. (A late filing is accepted from February 16 to December 10 for 80 percent of the exemption.). Your exemption automatically continues each year as long as you continue to own and occupy the property as your primary residence. It is the homeowner's responsibility to terminate the exemption when no longer eligible.
You can terminate your exemption by providing a letter with the following information:
- • Property address and parcel number (printed on your tax bill)
- • Date you vacated the property
- • Your name
- • Daytime phone number
- • Your new mailing address
- • Your signature
Please do not fax your Homeowner’s Exemption claim or Termination Letter, as we need an original signature.
If you have more questions please visit our FREQUENTLY ASKED HOMEOWNERS' EXEMPTIONS QUESTIONS section.
If you need more information contact the Assessor's office at (442) 265-1300 (8am to 5pm), or visit us at 940 W. Main Street Suite 115 El Centro CA 92240 (8am to 5pm).