Young adults are more likely to live with their parents now than at any time in the past two decades, threatening a momentous build-up of intergenerational tension that could send families round the bend.
The most recent official figures reveal that 3.3 million British people aged between 20 and 34, or about 25%, have either moved back in with mum or dad – or simply never left in the first place.
The leap is being blamed on prohibitive house prices and rocketing rents, making leaving home unaffordable for many – especially for those trying to save for their own place.
And crashing at the folks’ place can certainly pay off.
A study by TopCashback.co.uk shows that adults who live at their parents’ home end up with a disposable income of around £1,000 a month, thanks to an average rent of £150 charged by mum and dad. According to the website’s research, that £150 often includes bills, meals and even a room-cleaning service.