chapter  11
23 Pages

Young adults living in the parental home: the implications of extended youth transitions for housing and social policy

ByBob Coles, Julie Rugg, Jenny Seavers

Many chapters in this book have indicated the difficulties faced by young people trying to secure independent accommodation. A range of economic, social and housing policy obstacles hinder young people’s access to home ownership, social housing and private renting. Furthermore, particular problems faced by sub-groups within the 16-25 age range can exacerbate the process of marginalisation within the main housing sectors. One common theme predominates: the increased resort by young people to accommodation in the parental home. The inability to take any first steps in their housing career means that many young people remain in the parental home for longer periods, and difficulty in sustaining tenancies and independent living again means a greater reliance on the parental home when these fail.