Spousal Homestead

Qualifying for Classification
To qualify for homestead classification, you must:
  • Occupy the property listed on the application as your primary residence
  • Be 1 of the owners of the property listed on the application
  • Be a Minnesota resident
Claiming Multiple Properties
If a property is occupied by a married owner, the owner's spouse may not claim another property as a homestead unless the spouse does not occupy the house due to 1 of the following reasons:
  • Marriage dissolution proceedings are pending
  • The spouses are legally separated
  • The spouse's employment or self-employment location requires the spouse to have a separate homestead
Separate Homesteads due to Employment
If the spouses' employment or self-employment location requires the spouse to have a separate homestead, all of the following conditions must be met:
  • The distance between the places of employment or self-employment must be at least 50 miles
  • The distance between the homesteads must be at least 50 miles
  • Other personal circumstances causing the spouses to live separately, not including intent to obtain two homestead classifications for property tax purposes
Proof of Qualifications
The assessor may require proof of:
  • Employment or self-employment
  • Employment or self-employment location
  • Distances between each homestead
  • Distances between places of employment
  • Marriage dissolution proceedings or legal separation
Application Process
Applications must be submitted by December 15. To obtain an application, please call the Assessor's Office at 507-934-0240 or stop by the Assessor's Office at the:
Nicollet County Government Center
501 S. Minnesota Ave.
St. Peter, MN 56082