IMPORTANT PROPERTY HOMESTEAD NOTICE - ROCK COUNTY PROPERTY OWNERS

*This will affect the amount of property tax you pay in 2021, and it may affect your eligibility for a property tax refund.

HOMESTEAD

Have you purchased or moved into a property in the past year?

Contact the Land Records Office to file a homestead application if you or a qualifying relative occupy the property as a homestead on or before December 1, 2020.

Who is a qualifying relative?

For agricultural property, a qualifying relative includes the child, grandchild, sibling, or parent of the owner or owner’s spouse.

For residential property a qualifying relative also includes the owner’s uncle, aunt, nephew, or niece.

When do I apply?

You must apply on or before December 15, 2020.

Once homestead is granted, annual applications are not necessary unless they are requested by the Rock County Land Records Director.

Contact the Land Records Office by December 15, 2020 if the use of the property you own or occupy as a qualifying relative has changed during the past year.

CHANGES IN YOUR HOMESTEAD STATUS

If you should sell, move, or for any reason no longer qualify for the homestead classification, you are required to notify the Land Records Office within 30 days of the change in homestead status.

AGRICULTURAL PROPERTY OWNERS

If you have agricultural land that you own and farm yourself or have a son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother, sister or other legal farm entity, you may be eligible for a special agricultural homestead.

If you think you are eligible, please stop in the Rock County Land Records Office, or if you have any questions, please call 507-283-5022.

Tom Houselog, Rock County Land Records Director