FAQ - Portability of Save Our Homes

What is portability?

It’s the ability to transfer the “Save Our Homes” cap (the difference between your market value and assessed value) from an existing homestead to a new homestead.

When did portability go into effect?
Portability became effective January 1, 2008, with the passage of Amendment 1.

How is it calculated?
If the just value of your new homestead property is more than the just value of your old homestead, you will be able to transfer your SOH cap up to the $500,000 limit.  
(Just Value – Assessed Value = SOH Cap Value)

EXAMPLE:

  Just Value Assessed Value SOH Cap Value
Old Homestead $225,000 $195,000 $30,000





Just Value Transferred SOH Cap Assessed Value
New Homestead
$300,000 $30,000 $270,000

If the just value of your new homestead property is less than the just value of your old homestead, you will be able to transfer a percentage of your cap to the new homestead up to the $500,000 limit.

EXAMPLE:


Just Value Assessed Value SOH Cap Value
Old Homestead $225,000 $195,000 $30,000





Just Value Transferred SOH Cap Assessed Value
New Homestead $200,000 $26,000 $174,000

How long do I have to use my portability benefit?
Once you have sold or abandoned your homestead property the law allows you to transfer your benefit for up to 2 consecutive property tax years.  The new homestead exemption must be established within 2 years (tax rolls) from the last year of the previous homestead exemption.

 

How do I apply for portability?
When you are applying for your new homestead exemption you will need to complete a
DR-501T (Transfer of Homestead Assessment Difference) form. If you have already applied for a 2015 homestead exemption in Manatee County and had a 2013 or a 2014 Florida homestead, you will need to complete a DR-501T and returned it to us by the March 1st deadline.

How many times can I use portability?
Portability can be used each time you move and establish a new homestead.

Do I have to sell my home before I can qualify for portability?
No, you can abandon or move from an existing homestead and continue to own the property. However, once that home is no longer your permanent residence the homestead exemption will be removed. You will need to apply for a homestead exemption on your new permanent residence and complete a DR-501T (Transfer of Homestead Assessment Difference) form by the March 1st deadline.

Do I have to purchase a new property to qualify for portability?
No, you can abandon or move from an existing homestead to another property already owned by you, for example, a second or vacation home. However, once the first home is no longer your permanent residence the homestead exemption will be removed. You will need to apply for a homestead exemption on your new permanent residence (the second or vacation home) and complete a DR-501T (Transfer of Homestead Assessment Difference) form by the March 1st deadline.

How will I know that I have received my portability?
The amount of your portability will be reflected on your Notice of Proposed Property Taxes that is mailed out in mid-August. If you do not qualify for portability, you will be notified by certified mail no later than July 1.

EXAMPLE:

  Just Value Assessed Value SOH Cap Value
Old Homestead $225,000 $195,000 $30,000





Just Value Transferred SOH Cap Assessed Value
New Homestead
$300,000 $30,000 $270,000