The Florida Supreme Court on Friday said it will take up a dispute about whether a resident was entitled to a full homestead property-tax exemption after renting two bedrooms to tenants. Sarasota County Property Appraiser Bill Furst took the issue to the Supreme Court after the 2nd District Court of Appeal in 2020 rejected a decision by Furst that homeowner Rod Rebholz was entitled to a homestead exemption on only 85 percent of the residence because bedrooms were rented out. Rebholz filed a lawsuit to challenge the property appraiser’s decision. A Sarasota County circuit judge sided with Rebholz, and the appeals court agreed that the home should not be divided up for tax purposes. An order issued Friday by the Supreme Court did not set a date for oral arguments.

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