I watched the show Princess last night. (The host does a financial intervention on a spoiled young woman who lives beyond her means often at the expense of other family members.)
The woman on the show was 24 YO, still living at home rent free. Gail Vaz-Oxlade said that it is a mistake for parents to let their adult children to live at home rent free; they should charge them around 35% of their take-home pay. Her reason was that it gets the young adults used to having a disposable income that they won't have forever. But they get used to spending that extra money.
What do you think? Should adult children living at home pay rent? Do you see yourself charging your children rent when they are adults? Will it make a difference if they are in college, a single parent, or other special circumstances?