A property owner who obtains or attempts to obtain homestead classification for a property other than his or her primary place of residence or the primary place of residence of his or her qualifying relative is under state law subject to a fine of up to $3,000 and / or up to one year of imprisonment (Minnesota Statute 609.41). In addition the property owner will be required to pay all tax which is due on the property based on the correct property class plus a penalty equal to the same amount (Minnesota Statute 273.124, Subdivision 13). For more information, contact the Assessor at 320-968-5019.
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Even though social security numbers are private information, under Minnesota Statute 273.123 Subdivision 13, they must be provided before a homestead can be granted. Social Security numbers will be used with the help of the Department of Revenue to determine if owners or relatives of owners have applied for more than one homestead. For more information, contact the Assessor at 320-968-5019.
Once the property is granted the homestead classification, it will not be necessary for you or your qualifying relative to reapply for the classification. However, at any time, the County Assessor may require you to provide an additional application or such proof as they deem necessary to verify that you continue to meet the requirements of the homestead classification. Relatives who are not owners must re-apply yearly. For more information, contact the Assessor at 320-968-5019.