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Did you recently buy a home? You'll want to file your PRE with the City Assessor.
If you bought a home using a realtor, chances are they filed your PRE Affidavit for you. Before you file, check to see what the Assessor's records show:
To learn more about this exemption, use our guide for Understanding the Principal Residence Exemption.
The form you use to apply for this exemption is a State of Michigan form called the Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) Affidavit. The affidavit has to be filed with our office on or before June 1st to be applied to the current tax year. If you file after June 1st, it will be effective starting the following year.
You can fill out the form on your computer, but you'll need to print it and sign it before turning in the original to the City Assessor's office. Don't have a printer? You can pick up the form at our office, we're located at the address listed in the Contact Us section of this page.
Download the Affidavit
Mail your original affidavit to the address listed in the Contact Us section of this page.
If you're approved we'll update our records and your exemption will be applied based on when you filed. If you're denied, we'll mail you a letter to let you know.
You have the option to complete the affidavit at our office. If you filled out the form at home and you're ready to submit, visit us at the address listed in the Contact Us section of this page. Our office hours are 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
Understanding the Principal Residence Exemption