The Homestead Application can be filed anytime during the year, from January 1 to December 31.  To qualify for homestead the owner must have a deed filed in the Clerk of Court office for the property to qualify for homestead in that year. After homestead is filed the homestead remains permanent for that property unless there is a change in ownership or if the homeowner no longer resides in the house. If you move, you need to notify our homestead department that you no longer qualify for that homestead. If you move to a new home and qualify for homestead you may notify us when you come into our office to file for new homestead.