Paperwork Error Leading to Tax, Escrow Raise Can Cost Miami-Dade Resident His Family Home

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Florida. – A South Florida Air Force veteran and Pentagon 9-11 survivor fears he may soon lose his family home.

Miami-Dade County suddenly raised its property taxes due to a mistake, but refuses to back down.

Master Sgt. Steve Friedman and his family have lived in their Miami-Dade home since 2006, and for all these years his homestead has been exempt from his taxes. Until he didn’t anymore.

A paperwork glitch, one he did everything he could to make amends, but the county won’t let him, and now he’s in danger of losing his childhood home.

Friedman’s cluttered garage calls out for longtime homeowners, and he’s got the receipts.

It’s all part of the documentation he’s been providing to the Miami-Dade Property Appraiser’s Office since it suddenly ended his long-standing homestead exemption and his property taxes skyrocketed.

The reason?

After all this time, the real estate appraiser noticed that Friedman still had his mother’s old address on his driver’s license, from 50 years ago when he was just leaving for Air Force service.


He hadn’t appealed in time, and it gets worse.

In addition to thousands more in annual property taxes, the amendment caused Friedman’s mortgage company to charge an additional $800 a month for the escrow.

“In that case, we lose our house,” Friedman said. “I can’t make those payments and that’s all we have. That’s about all I can show for a working life.”

A man who has spent his life in the service of his country and has rightfully spent the last 16 years with his family in their home.

“Do I have a legal right to a homestead exemption for this property? do i live here And the answer to that is yes,” he said.

Local 10 News contacted the Miami-Dade Property Appraisers Office. They emailed that they could not discuss the case as it was under investigation.

This was new to Friedman because he said he received an email that the case was closed and that it was over two weeks ago.

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Joel McCord

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