Residential real estate that is occupied and used for the purposes of a homestead by a qualifying relative of the owner is a relative homestead.
Property that has been classified as seasonal recreational residential property at any time during which it has been owned by the current owner or spouse of the current owner will not be reclassified as a homestead unless it is occupied as a homestead by the owner. This prohibition also applies to property that, in the absence of this homestead provision, would have been classified as seasonal recreational residential property at the time when the residence was constructed.
Neither the related occupant nor the owner of the property may claim a property tax refund for a homestead occupied by a relative, unless the property is owned jointly and one of the joint owners occupy the property as their primary residence.
Relative Homestead Application
In the case of a qualifying relative occupying the property, the owner(s) and the qualifying relative must sign the initial relative homestead application. When submitting the initial application, we will need proper documentation showing the relationship between the occupant and the owner. This may be done with a photocopy of a birth certificate, marriage certificate, etc. The initial application must be on file with the correct documentation in order to receive the relative homestead credit.
The relative homestead renewal application must be completed every January 2nd by the occupant. The renewal application should only be used by those that have the initial application on file with the Sherburne County Assessors Office.
Relative Co-owner Homestead Application
In the case of a Relative Co-owner Homestead Application, both the owner occupying the property and the relative co-owner must sign the application. When submitting the initial application , we will need proper documentation showing the relationship between the owner occupying the property and the co-owner to receive the full homestead credit.
In the case of a Relative Co-owner Homestead Application for financing purposes, all owners of the property must sign the homestead application. No additional documentation is needed.