NH Homestead Allowance

Q:  Nashua estate planning client has questions about whether his parent’s manufactured home is covered by the NH “homestead” allowance?

A homestead is a dwelling owned and used as the principal place of residence by the person claiming the homestead.  Under RSA 480:1 every person is “entitled to $120,000 worth of his or her homestead, or of his or her interest therein, as a homestead.”  $240,000 for a married couple.  The homestead right also exists in manufactured housing which is owned and occupied as a dwelling by the same person, however does not also extend to the land if the land is not owned by the same person.  For the purposes of this section manufactured housing is defined as “any structure, transportable in one or more sections, which, in the traveling mode, is 8 body feet or more in width and 40 body feet or more in length, or when erected on site, is 320 square feet or more, and which is built on a permanent chassis and designed to be used as a dwelling with or without a permanent foundation when connected to required utilities, which include plumbing, heating and electrical heating systems contained therein.” 

The homestead right is exempt from attachment from levy or sale on execution, and from liability to be encumbered or taken for the payment of debts, except as outlined in RSA 480:4:

  • Collection of Taxes
  • Enforcement of mechanics liens or others created as a result of construction, repair or improvement of the homestead
  • Enforcement of mortgages which are made a charge thereon according to law
  • In the levy of executions as provided in RSA 480

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Author: John Polgrean

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