The Homeowners' Exemption provides for a reduction of $7,000 off the assessed value of your residence. This results in an annual property tax savings of approximately $70. This is a free service provided by the Assessor's Office.
The Homeowners' Exemption provides for a reduction of $7,000 off the assessed value of your residence. This results in an annual property tax savings of approximately $70. Property owners who occupy their homes as their principal place of residence on January 1, and each year thereafter, are eligible for the exemption.
You may already be receiving the exemption. To verify that you are receiving your Homeowners' Exemption, review your latest property tax bill. The exemption is shown on the upper-right section of your bill.
As a courtesy, our office will mail a Claim for Homeowners' Property Tax Exemption application whenever there is a purchase or transfer of residential property.
The application for Homeowners’ Exemption need only be filed once, provided the owner continues to occupy the property as the principal place of residence on which the exemption is filed. You will automatically receive the exemption in future years.
It is the property owners’ responsibility to apply for the exemption; it is also the property owners’ responsibility to terminate the exemption when no longer eligible.
The property owner should notify the Assessor’s Office when any changes occur.
The regular filing deadline is February 15 to receive the full exemption of approximately $70. Late filing is from February 16 to December 10 to receive 80% of the exemption (approximately $56). Late filed exemptions will receive the full exemption after the first of the year.
If you miss the deadline, you will not be able to file. According to California State law, Homeowners' Exemptions cannot be granted for prior years.
Whenever there is a purchase or transfer of residential property, the Assessor's Office automatically mails a Homeowner's Exemption Claim form.
You may also request that one be mailed to you by calling our office at (619) 531-5772.
Send the completed form to:
Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr.
1600 Pacific Highway, Suite 103,
San Diego, CA 92101