Senior Homestead Exemption (SHE)
This exemption lowers the equalized assessed value of your property by $5,000 and may be claimed in addition to the General Homestead Exemption.
To qualify, applicants must:
- Be the principal residence of the owner.
- Have reached age 65 during the tax year.
- Have lived on the property on or before January 1 of the tax year.
- Can only receive on one property.
Applications are initiated at the local township office or online at Lake County’s SmartFile Portal. Applicant is required to provide proof of age (Driver’s License, State-issued ID). Applicant need only file once for this exemption.
Properties Held in Trust
If your property is held in a trust, we must verify you are a beneficiary of the trust. The exemptions cannot be applied without this verification. Please include a copy of the pages of the actual trust agreement that state the applicant is a beneficiary. This can usually be found on the first few pages of the trust document. If you have questions, call us directly at 847-381-1120.