We had a house fire; address question.

CHL discussions that do not fit into more specific topics

Moderators: carlson1, Charles L. Cotton

Post Reply
User avatar

Topic author
LucasMcCain
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 1
Posts: 612
Joined: Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:00 pm
Location: DFW, Texas

We had a house fire; address question.

#1

Post by LucasMcCain » Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:28 am

So we had a house fire about three weeks ago. My wife and I got out okay, and a fair amount of our stuff can be saved. Insurance is doing a pretty good job of taking care of us so far. Our friends and family have really rallied around us to help us out. God has shown His faithfulness to us every step of the way.

However, a question occurred to me this morning. We won't be able to live in our house for 5-7 months. During that time, the insurance is paying for an apartment for us to live in. Do I need to notify DPS of that address, and get it changed on my license? It's just temporary, and my house is still my house; I'm just not living there for a bit. I read the relevant section of the penal code, and it makes no mention of temporary address changes or anything.

I've never been through anything like this before, and it's a pretty steep learning curve. Any help y'all can give will be appreciated.
I carry a gun so that I can go home to my family, and if need be, help you go home to yours.

I am not a lawyer.

User avatar

Flightmare
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 1
Posts: 1808
Joined: Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:00 pm
Location: Plano, TX

Re: We had a house fire; address question.

#2

Post by Flightmare » Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:37 am

I would argue that your house is still your residence, even if you do not reside there for the moment. You still collect your mail there, you likely still have a homestead exemption on it. It is currently uninhabitable right now. Once that is corrected, you plan to resume occupying it. However, IANAL.
Deplorable lunatic since 2016

User avatar

Scott B.
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 1
Posts: 1053
Joined: Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:46 am
Location: Harris County

Re: We had a house fire; address question.

#3

Post by Scott B. » Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:55 am

It's still your primary residence. If you buy a gun in the interim, you might need to list the apartment as your secondary address on the 4473.
LTC Instructor. NRA - Instructor, RSO, Life Member.
Sig armorer | FFL 07/02 SOT

Post Reply

Return to “General Texas CHL Discussion”