Hardship Exemption Program


Section 211.7u (1) of the Michigan General Property Tax Act defines the poverty, or Hardship Exemption, as a method to provide relief for those who, in the judgment of the Board of Review are unable to fully contribute to the annual property tax burden of their principal residence due to their financial situation.

The Sterling Heights Office of Assessing, with the approval of the Sterling Heights City Council, has adopted official Hardship Exemption Guidelines for those homeowners who wish to apply for annual property tax relief under the above referenced statute.

Submitting & Approval

Follow the instructions in the City of Sterling Heights Real Property Tax Hardship Exemption Guidelines carefully. The Hardship Exemption Application form must be completed in its entirety. Please note that we do not accept submittals electronically and we do not accept original documents. Therefore, please provide a hard copy  of all supporting documentation required.

Completed Hardship Exemption Applications, along with all supporting documentation, may be dropped off in-person or may be mailed to the Sterling Heights Assessing Office at the address below:

Sterling Heights Assessing Office
40555 Utica Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48313

Applications must be received by the Assessing Office by the deadline below. All completed Hardship Exemption Applications with required supporting documentation received by the deadline will receive consideration by the Board of Review.

March Board of Review:              

Application Due in the Assessor’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on March 18, 2024 (unless days in session are extended.) (Postmark not accepted.)

July Board of Review:

Application Due in the Assessor’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on July 11, 2024 (Postmark not accepted.)

December Board of Review:

Application Due in the Assessor’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on December 5, 2024 (Postmark not accepted.) 

For further information, please contact the Assessing Office at 586-446-2340.

Guidelines & Application