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Reply to "Should you charge your kids rent?"

Parents should charge adult children rent. It doesn't have to be market rate but it shouldn't be a token, either. Use formal contract which should include things like chores for shared spaces and how/if utilities are split. Give them a shelf in the fridge and a kitchen cabinet so they know they can have "their" things. Respect boundaries, don't nag. Give them a key and don't set curfew on them. If they want to join you for a meal and you're agreeable, welcome it. If they eat out all the time because they want to, don't complain. Meet every six months or so to tweak arrangement as needed. I wouldn't "evict" child but I would let them know the arrangement isn't working any more and they need to find different living arrangements - and set a deadline. Discuss what they can take with them and what belongs to the household.

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