Homestead Declarations

A Homestead Declaration is not a property tax form, and it is not filed with the Assessor's Office.
You may contact a stationery store to purchase this particular form, and, once completed, the County Clerk-Recorder may then accept the document for recordation. We recommend that you thoroughly familiarize yourself with all current legal aspects and ramifications of homesteading process before filing such a claim. Possibly receiving legal counsel would not be a bad idea.

Homestead protection laws exist to protect your home against most creditors, up to the value of homestead exemption.  California homestead law is complex and technical in nature. A Declaration of Homestead, when not properly prepared, may be invalid. We recommend that you seek legal advice before considering the recording of a Declaration of Homestead.  Contacting your local law library you may find forms and information

Requirements

Although we cannot give legal advice, we can provide you with the requirements that make Declaration of Homestead acceptable for recording. When a Declaration of Homestead is presented for recording, we will look for the following information
  • ?Name of owners/ declarants
  • Statement declaring the homestead
  • Description of the property (must be located in Tulare County
  • For example, a complete street address including city and state is acceptable
  • Statement that the facts are known to be true
  • Signature of owners/ declarants /authorized agent
  • Signatures acknowledged by a notary public