Okay, does anyone want to define "residence"? What does the IRS consider a residence? What does HUD consider a residence?
Any structure suitable for habitation having sleeping, kitchen and bathroom facilities will pass the test. HUD uses the term in the recent SAFE Act to include vacant property intended for residential use or zonned residential.
Another point or side note, in some states the listing for the sale
by any agent of a marina must hold a valid real estate license unless they are an attorney.
So, IMO, my suggestion of showing some clerk what they think they want to see is not fraudulent. By using the definitions used by the federal government
you yacht certaily meets the standards of a residence.
And I mentioned taxes some time ago in another thread. 6 months is pretty uniform throughout the country. You can also have dual residency being 6 months in one place and 6 months somewhere else. Generally you select your "tax residence" and pay taxes as appropriate at your residences according to that taxable property kept in that location.
If you own properties in three different states for example you could stay at each place 4 months of the year. You select your tax home. Income
taxes may be due according to where the income was earned if you were in a state for more than 6 months and taxes paid in your tax home state is deductable from that tax liability, see your tax`advisor.
In many counties, personal property on Jan 1 (could be Dec 31 as well) tax can be due to that county regardless of your tax home. If I keep my boat and lawn tractor at my vacation
home on the closing date personal property tax is due that county.
I doubt too if any state is going to be unreasonable in attempting to assess you as a resident of that state if you are paying taxes in another state at your registered tax home. Consider those that work along a state border or in border towns where the state line goes through the town. A resident could easily spend more time in another state than the state their home is sitting in. Blue Eye Mo/Ar comes to mind where most of the town of about 100 is on the Mo. side with a residence 50' away in Ar. I'm familiar with the town and many folks there and I assure you that the Ar folks don't pay Mo taxes which has the 6 month residency requirement and the state tax authority doesn't run through town timing people as to where they are all day. While this is really splitting hairs, an argument could be made for a cruiser that actually cruises.
As to the driver's license being invalid due to residency,IMO that would be very difficult to prove sence that is not a requirement of the issuing state and a valid license in any state (the state issued) is thereforre valid in any other state. Perhaps you should have one in the new state according to that state law, but to say in causes your existing license to become invalid I think would be a stretch.
Your auto insurance is based on where the vehicle is garaged or kept most of the time, but all the insurance company can do is to charge you any difference that should have been charged as opposed to what was actually paid, if they policy was not rated properly.
And back to the lease I mentioned above; The title can simply be "Residential Occupancy Lease" the parties can be the Lessee and Lessor, "Landlord" never has to be mentioned! You can refer to a slip as an amenity to the property to be leased and say : hereinafter to be known as "Amenity #24". You could also say that "this`agreement shall be subject to and governed by that cretain rental agreement made by and between the parties hereto, dated xx July, xxxx" and continue to subordinate one agreement to the prior agreement. I guess you could also just use the marnia lease and put Occpancy Agreement above the title just as well.
I also think that if you just sat down with the manager in the DMV office and go through this stuff they would see the light and take your money