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Homestead Exemption

Homestead Exemption applications are now being accepted for Tax Year 2015 and are due by September 13, 2014.

What is the Homestead Exemption?

  • The Homestead Exemption offers Real Estate Tax savings to all Philadelphia homeowners by reducing the taxable portion of their property assessment by $30,000.

Who is eligible?

  • You must simply own the property and live in it as your primary residence. There are no other requirements.

How do I apply?

Once you are approved, you will get the Exemption every year, unless you move or the deed to your property changes.
  • Remember: If the deed to your property changes--for any reason--the Homestead will be removed from your property and you MUST reapply to receive the Homestead.
Was your Homestead application denied?

If you applied for the Homestead Exemption and your application was not approved, you may still be eligible. View the list of denial reasons and find out how to reapply.

Changes to Your Property?
  • If you need to remove your Homestead Exemption because your property no longer qualifies, you must notify the Office of Property Assessment (OPA) within 45 days of the change.*
  • Or if you need to change the percentage of your property used for something other than your primary residence, such as a business or rental property, you must also notify the OPA.
Complete the Homestead Exemption Removal/Change form for either purpose.
*To remove the Homestead for Tax Year 2015, this form must be filed by Sept. 13, 2014.


Co-op Properties?
For cooperative (co-op) properties (when people own and operate the building where they live, but do not own individual units—forming a cooperative corporation), in addition to submitting a single Homestead Exemption application (one per OPA account number), a Homestead Exemption Co-op form must also be submitted. This form must be signed by an owner-occupant from each eligible unit. Contact the OPA at 215-686-9200 to request this form.

Additional Questions?
View additional Frequently Asked Questions about the Homestead Exemption here

Call the Homestead Hotline at (215) 686-9200 for more information.

 

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Glossary

A selection of terms relating to Homestead.

  • Cooperative, Co-op
  • Homestead Exemption
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