(a) If used for the
purposes of an urban home or as both an urban home and a place to exercise
a calling or business, the homestead of a family or a single, adult person,
not otherwise entitled to a homestead, shall consist of not more than 10
acres of land which may be in one or more contiguous lots, together with
any improvements thereon.
(b) If used for the
purposes of a rural home, the homestead shall consist of:
(1) for a family,
not more than 200 acres, which may be in one or more parcels, with the improvements
(2) for a single,
adult person, not otherwise entitled to a homestead, not more than 100 acres,
which may be in one or more parcels, with the improvements thereon.
(c) A homestead is
considered to be urban if, at the time the des-ignation is made, the property
(1) located within
the limits of a municipality or its extraterritorial jurisdiction or a platted
(2) served by police
protection, paid or volunteer fire protection, and at least three of the
following services provided by a municipality or under contract to a municipality:
(B) natural gas;
(D) storm sewer;
(d) The definition
of a homestead as provided in this section applies to all homesteads in
this state whenever created.
by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 840, § 1, eff. June 15, 1985; Acts 1989,
71st Leg., ch. 391, § 2, eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1999, 76th Leg.,
ch. 1510, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2000; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1510,
§ 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.