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Property Owned by a Charitable Organization for Low-Income Housing

Under T.C.A. § 67-5-221, certain property owned by a charitable organization and held for the housing of persons with low income may be exempt from taxation upon the adoption of a resolution by two-thirds vote of the county legislative body.1If the provisions of T.C.A. § 67-5-221are adopted and subject to the application requirements of T.C.A. § 67-5-212, land, including buildings on the land, owned by a charitable institution and held for the purpose of constructing one or more single family dwellings to be conveyed for use as the residence of a low-income household as defined in T.C.A. § 13-23-103(12), is exempt during the period of its ownership by the charitable institution until the date it is conveyed to the adult head of the low-income household, but not to exceed the periods established in T.C.A. § 67-5-221(b) and (c).2The effective date of exemption is determined under T.C.A. § 67-5-212. If a dwelling is not constructed and conveyed as provided in T.C.A. § 67-5-221 within the allotted periods, the property will be encumbered by the full amount of taxes together with penalties and interest which would otherwise have been due.3

If the property purchased is a single lot on which only a single family home may be constructed, the property is exempt for a period not to exceed 18 months.4If the property is planned for subdivision into multiple single family lots according to plans filed by the organization, the period of exemption is 18 months plus six months for each additional lot planned beyond the first. If a lot is not developed as planned, a proportionate share of taxes which would have been due upon the lot, including delinquency penalties and interest, will accrue from the date of acquisition of the property by the organization. Taxes will accrue on individual lots within a multi-lot development at the time each lot is conveyed as provided in T.C.A. § 67-5-221.5

     1T.C.A. § 67-5-221(a) and (d).

     2T.C.A. § 67-5-221(a).

     3T.C.A. § 67-5-221(a).

     4T.C.A. § 67-5-221(b).

     5T.C.A. § 67-5-221(c).