I live in Melbourne, Australia and live in my parents' house. I'm 24 years old.
I believe house prices in Australia are overvalued and I don't want to buy a house because of fears of a house price correction. I also believe that debt is slavery and that a 30-year loan will add stress and ruin my life.
However, if my parents kick me out, where would I live? I have thought about buying a second-hand van (or a camper van) and sleeping in it. I could park it at shopping center car parks at night. To have showers and get exercise I can get gym membership and use the bathroom and exercise machines there. I can get a post office box for any letters. I can use my mobile phone.
My dad laughed when I told him this, telling me that this was illegal because I would be dodging land tax and council rates.
Is living in a van parked in a shopping center car park illegal? What law says I cannot do this? If it's illegal to be homeless, why aren't all the homeless in Melbourne in prison?
While sleeping in the van, throughout the week I can move the van around from one shopping center to another to avoid suspicion. I can black out the back windows with a heavy tint.
Given that a house costs $400,000 and a second-hand Toyota Hiace costs $5,000, I foresee huge savings, which I will use to buy more shares. Right now I am thinking of buying shares in Woodside Petroleum.
If your camper van is comfortable enough I don't see why a house is necessary. Living in a van gives you the added benefit of flexibility in case you change jobs. I happen to believe that 90% of the value of houses exists because of marketing and cultural momentum that deludes everyone into thinking they need a home otherwise they are bums or trailer trash.
Is it illegal?