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Absolutely. No way.
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Should you charge your adult child rent if they still live in your home?

If you have a child over the age of 18 who is still living in your home, should you charge them rent?
What you do with the money is up to you, you can save it and give it to them as a house warming present when they finally leave the nest, or you can apply it to fixing up the house, whatever you choose.  But if they aren't going to college, have a job, and are still living in your house, would you charge them rent?


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No way.

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I would, which surprised my MIL. She has a daughter over the age of 29 who still lives in their house, pays no rent and doesn't go to school but does have a job. If I were in that situation I would have no problem charging them rent, a small amount, and saving that money aside for them later...without them knowing. But I'm curious what other people think.

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It depends on the scenario. Recouping your expenses so you remain financially solvent, or making them accustomed to paying so they learn how to be responsible, are both excellent reasons to charge them. On the flip side, if they're already responsible but landed at home because they needed a scenario where they could get back on their feet and save some money to move out for real then let them keep their money so they can accomplish that.

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