Jacksonville, FL asked in Real Estate Law for Florida

Q: In Florida, do homestead exemptions transfer/port when someone gets removed from a deed?

I live in FL, purchased a home with my BF, we broke up, he vacated and was removed from the deed. He told me his homestead exemption did not transfer/port to his new residence. He wants me to re-file another homestead exemption. This will cause my home to get reassessed in this inflated market and my taxes and mortgage will go up. Legally, do I need to refile another homestead exemption?

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Jane Kim
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A: Your boy friend needs to file a new homestead exemption on his new property. It does not follow the person or transfer. You may want to double check with the county about your homestead and file one, if you haven't done so under your name. Your real estate taxes will not go up by electing for a homestead exemption, taxes reduce a bit with the exemption. Exemption is not what triggers tax re-assessment- change of ownership does. You are still the same owners, so you should be fine.

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