Principal Residence Exemption

Did You Know?

  • Southfield is home to over 10 outstanding colleges, universities and trade schools, including Lawrence Technological University, one of the nation’s “top 40” institutions specializing in engineering, architecture and business.

  • Southfield is an international city bustling with people from a rich array of cultural, racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds, including large Armenian, African-American, Jewish, Chaldean and Russian populations.

  • The City of Southfield celebrated its 50th anniversary of incorporation as a city on April 28, 2008.

  • The City of Southfield is Michigan’s undisputed business center – with more office space than the central business districts of Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis or Kansas City.

Homeowners may claim an exemption from a portion of local school operating taxes for property they own and occupy as their principal residence. To claim an exemption, complete the Homeowner’s Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit and file it with the Assessing Department by May 1st of the year of the claim.

Homeowners are required to rescind a principal residence exemption when they no longer own and occupy the property as their principal residence. 

View the Homeowner’s Principal Residence form and Instructions (pdf)

View the Request to Rescind Homeowners Principal Residence Exemption and Instructions (pdf)