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Property Sales (i.e. Sales and Analysis

1. What is a Transfer of Ownership? 

Transfer of ownership means the conveyance of title to or a present interest in property, including the beneficial use of the property and both buyer and seller must agree to the terms of the transfer.

2. What is a Principal Residence Exemption (PRE)?

The State of Michigan provides an exemption of 18 mills from a portion of the property tax bill for a taxpayer’s primary residence. You must own and occupy your home. To file for a PRE exemption, visit the Assessment Division, Room 804 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center or call (313) 224-3035.

3. How can I submit my Property Transfer Affidavit and/or Principal Residence Exemption?

Electronically via email to [email protected].
In person in Room 130, The Detroit Taxpayer Service Center
Mon-Thurs 8AM-4:30PM

4.  What is the PTA penalty fee for a late filed PTA?

Residential since 1994 per parcel# = $5 a day Max $200

Commercial/Industrial per parcel#
Before April 1st, 2013, = $5 a Day Max $200
After April 1st, 2013, = $20 a Day Max $1000


5. What proof of occupancy is acceptable for a Principal Residence Exemption?


  • Both sides (front and back) of State of Michigan Driver's license with the property address
  • Federal and/or State Income Tax returns with the property address
  • A voter's registration record
  • Motor vehicle registration
  • Utility bills with the mailing address of the property address (actual bill)
  • Cable bills with the mailing address of the property (actual bill)
  • Telephone bills with the mailing address (actual bill)
  • Banking or credit card statement with account number redacted
  • Medical bills with the mailing address of the property