While owning a 3,420-square-foot home in Maryland, Schiff has reportedly taken a homeowner’s tax exemption on a smaller 650-square-foot condo he owns and designates as his primary residence in Burbank, California.
Tax records revealed Schiff paid his property taxes in California with a personal check featuring his Maryland address in 2017. Past records and comments from the lawmaker, as well as photos shared to social media in recent history, also indicated Schiff has made his Maryland home his full-time residence.
Deed records also revealed Schiff designated his Maryland home his primary residence in 2003, the year he bought the home. Additionally, Schiff reportedly refinanced his mortgage and indicated that his Maryland home was his primary residence in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Los Angeles County deed records for Schiff’s California condo, which was purchased in 2009 for a little under $300,000, were notarized in Maryland. One page of the deed reportedly replaced “California” and “Los Angeles” with “Maryland” and “Montgomery County.” The records also listed Schiff’s Maryland home as the return address.
A spokesperson for Schiff’s campaign told Fox News Digital the congressman’s primary residence is in California and that he and his family made the “difficult decision” to move to the D.C. area so he could spend more time with his children while serving in Congress: “Adam’s primary residence is Burbank, California, and will remain so when he wins the Senate seat.”
Social media posts by Schiff in recent years suggested he still lives at his Maryland home.
Under California law, to qualify for a homeowner’s exemption, the “dwelling must be the person’s true, fixed and permanent home and principal establishment to which he/she, whenever absent, intends to return.”