Over five million homeowners still living with family

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Barclays Mortgages has revealed how three in ten homeowners are now living in intergenerational homes, with likely causes being millennials moving back in with their parents and an increasingly ageing population.

London saw the highest percentage of homeowners in multi-generational households, with 41 per cent sharing with family members. 

On average, 23 per cent of homeowners have converted living space into an additional bedroom, with a quarter of respondents making these adaptations within the last two years. 

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With 2.4 million 20–34 year olds living with their parents (an increase of 19.48 per cent since 1997), it’s no surprise that homeowners are looking to adapt their homes to create more space for their adult children to live with them under the same roof, Barclays said.

“As more of us are living with several generations under one roof, it’s interesting to see how, as a nation, we are adapting our properties to the changing needs of our homes”, Hannah Bernard, Head of Barclays Mortgages. 

“If you live in a multigenerational home or expect to in the future, it’s important to think about whether you need more space in a new property or if you can simply adapt your home to suit your needs.

“We understand the factors that need to be considered in these circumstances and want to help families stay in control of their finances as they plan for a change in their home – whether it’s a big move, a re-mortgage or home improvements.”

Home improvements designed around sharing

Alongside bedrooms, building outhouses in the garden, ground floor bathrooms and step-free access to the home were all noted as necessary improvements when living in an intergenerational household. 

The latter changes are becoming increasingly important, with one in ten homeowners expecting that they will one day be taking care of their elderly parents in their home.

Across the country the amount of intergenerational families differs, with more people living with adult relatives in cities such as London or Birmingham, with increasing housing costs likely to be a contributing factor. 

Elsewhere, East Anglian residents are the least likely to live with adult family members. Property prices holding firm in city centres and dropping elsewhere is thought to be a key factor in this national split.

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