Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Vehicles Occupied as Principal Residences Automatically Qualify as Homesteads

September 2021 Bar Bulletin

By Christopher L. Young

Sitting en banc, Washington’s Supreme Court entered a decision on August 12, 2021 that will likely impact various areas of law, including lending, collections, and bankruptcy. Justice Madsen authored the majority opinion in City of Seattle v. Long, which affirmed that a vehicle occupied as a principal residence qualifies automatically as a homestead for purposes of chapter 6.13 of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW). Justice Gonzáles authored a concise concurring opinion. 

For some time, Long lived in his truck. Mechanical issues forced Long to park in a gravel lot owned by the city. He and his truck remained there...

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