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Noncitizen Property Owners May be Entitled to Florida Homestead Exemption

Under the Florida Constitution, certain owners of real property in Florida are entitled to a reduction in the assessed value of the property for ad valorem tax purposes. This reduction, called the “homestead exemption,” is...more

Is It Necessary To Reside On Homestead Property? [Florida]

Can you tell the difference between these two rules of entitlement to homestead status for ad valorem tax purposes?...more

Temporary Visa Did Not Bar Homestead Status [Florida]

Favio came to the U.S. in 2005 after a kidnapping attempt against his son in Venezuela. He rented an apartment, and lived there with his son (a U.S. citizen), and his wife. He then purchased an apartment in 2006 and lived...more

Municipalities Beware: The Perils of Enacting Immigration Ordinances and Know What Your Insurance Policy Covers

Two weeks ago, a panel from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a District Court decision to require the City of Hazleton, PA, to pay $2.4 million in legal fees to Pedro Lozano, Casa Dominicana of Hazleton Inc.,...more

Does Farmers Branch Have Their Spending Priorities Straight?

The Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch has been in the news for a couple of years now because of its efforts to run undocumented immigrants out of the city. The city leaders have attempted to do this by passing ordinances making...more

Another Judge Rules Farmers Branch Rental Ban Is Unconstitutional

For the second time, a federal judge has declared a Farmers Branch ordinance banning illegal immigrants from renting in the city to be unconstitutional. Here are excerpts from a Dallas Morning News article reporting this...more

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