Chapter 7 debtor keeps homestead exemption after filing bankruptcy and after moving out

In the case of  In re Jesslyn Anderson,    F3d    (9th Circuit Court of Appeals 3/1/21), appeal number 20-60014  the chapter 7 debtor was allowed to retain her homestead exemption even if she moves out of the house after the filing of the bankruptcy and does not reoccupy or file a declaration of abandonment within 6 months after vacating the house.

Even though this case was decided in the debtor’s favor,  if you are considering filing for bankruptcy and moving out of your house you should consult with an experienced bankruptcy attorney before reaching a decision.  Every case is unique and what happened in one case may not apply to your case depending on the facts of your situation.