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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Housing Bureau

Solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland.

Phone: 503-823-2375

fax: 503-823-2387

421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204

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Homebuyer Opportunity Limited Tax Exemption Program (HOLTE)

Under the Homebuyer Opportunity Limited Tax Exemption (HOLTE) Program, single-unit homes receive a ten-year property tax exemption on structural improvements to the home as long as the property and owner remain eligible per program requirements.

Property owners are still responsible for payment of the taxes on the assessed value of the land during the exemption period. The property is reassessed when the exemption is either terminated for noncompliance or expires after the ten years, and owners begin paying full property taxes. The exemption period cannot be extended.

The Portland Housing Bureau is releasing a draft of technical changes to the Homebuyer Opportunity Limited Tax Exemption (HOLTE) Program administrative rules. These changes provide additional clarity to the public and city staff regarding the HOLTE. The public is invited to testify on the technical changes of the proposed draft.

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Program Requirements 

Builder Application & Requirements

Homebuyer Verification

Property Eligibility

Sales Requirement

Frequently Asked Questions

Administrative Rule (HOU-1.06)

Eligible Properties

Eligible Property

Eligible HOLTE Property List


HOLTE Builder

Homebuyer Compliance
Verification Form

HOLTE Subsequent
Builder Application

Eligible HOLTE Property List

Homebuyer Opportunity Limited Tax Exemption (HOLTE) - Updated 01/2020

Map of Eligibility Areas for 2 Bedroom Units

You can also verify eligibility on

Homebuyer Compliance Verification Form

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