Proposition 19 Information

The California Assessors’ Association is working closely with the Board of Equalization (BOE) and the California Legislature to have clarifying legislation and BOE Rules enacted.

Proposition 19 changes taxpayer benefits for several exclusions from reassessment that thousands of Californians have been granted each year beginning 1986. The following is a summary and is followed by a link to BOE information comparison charts.

To take advantage of existing benefits, property owners have a very limited timeframe in which to effect transfers of property and may wish to seek professional guidance. BOE Rule 462.260 addresses change of ownership date.
  • Effective February 16, 2021, the proposition adds limitations on and additional requirements for Parent-Child and Grandparent to Grandchild transfer exclusions of a principal residence and eliminates the ability to exclude $1,000,000 in assessed value of property other than the principal residence. It also adds a yet to be completely defined ability to transfer a “Family Farm” among these same family members. Current Parent-Child and Grandparent to Grandchild provisions end for transfers occurring on or after February 16, 2021.
  • Effective April 1, 2021, Proposition 19 changes the exclusion from reassessment for those 55 and older, or disabled, who wish to transfer their base value to a replacement home. Taxpayers will be able to transfer their base value to a replacement home located anywhere in the State. The requirement that the replacement property be of equal or lesser value will be eliminated. However, if taxpayers buy a replacement property of greater market value than their original home their new assessment will add the difference to their existing base. The BOE advises that at least one side of the transaction must occur on or after April 1, 2021.
  • Also, effective on or after April 1, 2021, Proposition 19 allows a property owner, whose home is damaged at greater than 50% of value in a Governor declared wildfire or other natural disaster, to transfer their Proposition 13 base value to a replacement home anywhere in the State. If the replacement home is of greater market value than the damaged home, the difference in market value will be added to their original base.

Please use the following link to access Board of Equalization comparison charts showing basic benefits under current law and under the new Proposition 19 rules.

https://www.boe.ca.gov/prop19/