What is a Homestead Exemption?

A Homestead Exemption is a statue which allows for a reduction in property taxes.  Homeowners in the state of Alabama may be able to claim a Homestead Exemption on their primary residence.

This exemption will reduce the taxes on that property by a considerable about – in most cases, by about half!  


When to claim it:
Between October 1 and December 31 of the year purchased.
Don’t miss the December 31 deadline. If you do, you’ll have to wait until the next year to claim the exemption and will have to pay that higher tax rate all year.

How to claim it:
Bring your deed or proof of ownership to the Lee Co. Office of the Revenue Commissioner to claim your Homestead Exemption.  There are three locations:

Lee County Courthouse, 215 S. 9th St.,  Opelika AL – in historical downtown Opelika
Auburn Annex, 1266 Mall Parkway, Auburn AL – located behind the Village Mall
Smith’s Station Annex, 2336 Lee Rd. 430 Suite 120, Smiths Station AL

Who can claim it:
You can claim a Homestead Exemption on your primary residence located in the state of Alabama.

  • You can only have one Homestead Exemption.
  • You have to live there – with no renters in the house.
  • You must live in the house on Oct. 1st of the year claimed.

See a chart of exemptions

Helpful Links

Lee County ALTax Records Online

Lee County Tax Assessors Office

If you have any questions about filing your Homestead Exemption, just get in touch with The Ramey Team – Cathy 334-703-8960 or Jack 334-703-3985!

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