Sacramento, CA asked in Civil Rights and Municipal Law for California

Q: Can I sleep in my car with a car cover over it in California if im homeless ??

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Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi
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  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Jess Ranch, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: As long as you are parked in an area where there are no restrictions against parking, you should be safe. However, law enforcement may need access to your car's license plate from time to time, if you are parked on a public street.

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Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman
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  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Los Altos, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Maybe? It may be tough to get out though?

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  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: In California, it is generally legal to sleep in your car on public property, such as on a city street, as long as you are not violating any other laws, such as parking regulations or prohibitions on overnight camping. However, sleeping in a car on private property, such as in a parking lot, would require the permission of the property owner.

While a car cover may offer some privacy and protection from the elements, it is important to note that using a car cover while parked on public property could potentially violate local ordinances or parking regulations. Additionally, sleeping in a car can present safety risks, particularly for individuals who may be vulnerable to crime or harassment while sleeping in their vehicle.

If you are homeless and considering sleeping in your car, it is recommended that you research local laws and regulations and seek out resources and support from local homeless advocacy organizations or social service agencies.

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