The Connecticut Homestead Exemption

In Connecticut, the homestead exemption protects up to $75,000 of equity in your home, more if you are married and filing a joint bankruptcy. Read on to learn more.

By , Attorney University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
Updated 9/21/2023

In bankruptcy, a homestead exemption protects equity in your home. Here, you'll find specific information about the homestead exemption in Connecticut. For general information about how the homestead exemption works in both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy, read The Homestead Exemption in Bankruptcy. You'll find detailed information about Connecticut bankruptcies in Filing for Bankruptcy in Connecticut.

How Much Is the Homestead Exemption in a Connecticut Bankruptcy?

Connecticut lets filers use either the federal exemption system or Connecticut's state exemption system, so you'll have two homestead amounts to choose between. However, you can't mix exemptions from both lists, so you'll want to select the system that will protect your most important assets.

We've listed both exemption amounts below to help you make an informed choice. We've also included links to more complete federal and state exemption lists so you'll have an easier time deciding which set will work best for you.

If you're married, remember that spouses can double some exemption amounts, but not all. Find out about other filing considerations for spouses.

Federal Homestead Exemption

Connecticut Homestead Exemption

Homestead exemption amount



Can spouses who file a joint bankruptcy double the exemption?

$55,800 is available to spouses who co-own property.


Homestead exemption law

11 U.S.C. § 522(d)(1)

Conn. Gen Stat. § 52-352b(t)

Other information

Amounts adjust on April 1, 2025.

Exemption increases to $125,000 if a creditor collects for hospital services; amounts adjust periodically.

Compare other federal and state exemptions.

Federal Bankruptcy Exemptions

Filing for Bankruptcy in Connecticut

What Property Is Protected by Connecticut's Homestead Exemption?

In Connecticut, the homestead exemption applies to real property, including your home, condominium, and mobile manufactured home. However, you must occupy the property as your primary residence. The $75,000 exemption amount increases to $125,000 against creditors collecting a money judgment from hospital services.

Example 1. If you own a house worth $120,000 and have a mortgage balance of $80,000, you have $40,000 of equity in the property. If you file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you can use the Connecticut homestead exemption to protect all equity.

Example 2. Assume your mortgage is only $20,000 and could only exempt $75,000 of your $100,000 of equity. The Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee would likely sell your house, give you $75,000 from the proceeds for your exemption, and use any amount remaining after deducting sales costs to pay unsecured creditors. If you wanted to keep the home, you could file for Chapter 13 and pay the $25,000 nonexempt equity portion to unsecured creditors through the Chapter 13 plan.

When Can You Claim the Connecticut Homestead Exemption in Bankruptcy?

You can file for bankruptcy in Connecticut after living there for over 180 days. However, you must live in Connecticut much longer before using Connecticut exemptions—at least 730 days before filing, to be exact. Otherwise, you'd use the previous state's exemptions.

But suppose you lived in multiple states during the two years before filing for bankruptcy. In that case, you'd use the exemptions of the state you lived in for most of the 180 days before the two years immediately preceding your filing. (11 U.S.C. § 522(b)(3)(A).) Learn more about filing for bankruptcy after moving to a new state.

You'll also need to meet other timing and exemption requirements to prevent losing your home in bankruptcy. Find out more about keeping your home in Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 or consult a bankruptcy lawyer.

Finding the Connecticut Bankruptcy Homestead Exemption Statute

Connecticut's homestead exemption is in the Connecticut state statutes at Conn. Gen Stat. § 52-352b(t) on the Connecticut General Assembly website. Learn about finding state statutes in Laws and Legal Research.

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