is it legal to intentionally be homeless and live in a van?

So you don't need to pay property tax.  A gym membership gives you access to shower.  Get a PO Box to receive mail.  


Ill just eat at restaurants everyday.  Assume money is not a problem.

12 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    Nope. Not illegal. You can do it if you want to. Live in a van down by the river!

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  • 1 month ago

    Not having a permanent residence is usually not illegal. Living in a vehicle usually is.

  • 1 month ago

    Sure it is. Until you start trespassing, pan handling and stealing gas and food

  • Carlos
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    Yes it's legal to be homeless but as long you stay off people's private property and do not break local laws is fine .

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  • 1 month ago

    100% legal, people do it all the time.

  • Dan
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Where I live, property tax is lower than inflation. So you still come out ahead and you have a roof over your head. 

  • 1 month ago

    No it's not illegal.  What usually becomes illegal is where and how you live as a homeless person.  Your van for example...where do you intend to park it?  There are laws and regulations that prohibit overnight parking for extended periods in many cities.  

    And what about hookups for electricity, water, sewage, and gas?  You need approved hookups or they'll be illegal as well.  Speaking of these; where and how do you intend to cook food.  Or will everything be raw.  If so, how would you preserve the raw stuff, they are prone to spoilage.  You can't run a fridge off the van battery.What's a gym membership cost?  Will that be your bathroom for your daily physical needs?  How about the PO Box; what's that cost?  BTW there are some things that will not deliver to PO Boxes.  You need an actual street address for those.

    Bottom can legally live without a home, but it's a problematic lifestyle and a van is not an easy solution.

  • 1 month ago

    It is legal, but there are technicalities that you need to deal with that may come up.

  • 1 month ago

    obviously that would depend on your local governing authority. 

  • Mark
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yes, as long as it's down by the river!

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