Multi-generational living is on the rise in the UK from ‘boomerang kids’ in their 20s and 30s choosing to live with their parents to older parents living with their adult children.
A report by Savilles shows that since 2005, the number of young people living at home has risen by 25%. Figures from the latest census in 2011 (PDF) show that around 289,000 households now consist of more than one family. Some of it is down to rising prices keeping younger people off the property ladder.
On the other side of the generation gap, there are the older people who choose to live with their adult children, sometimes because they need more care or anticipate doing so in the future.
There are lots advantages to multi-generational living such as being closer to children and grandchildren, sharing the childcare and household chores and, always having someone to walk the dog. But there are disadvantages too, and many families find that there are issues that need considerable negotiation.