While living at home a bit longer than usual isn’t exactly uncommon, especially given the high cost of living compared to relatively low wages in many industries, there comes a point when most parents really do expect their kids to fly the nest.
While Italian families are slightly more lax in this regard, with adult children staying with mom and dad longer than in most other countries (70% of people between 18 and 34 still live at home there), one mother was forced to take action to get her two sons, both of whom are in their 40s, to get out.
The 75-year-old woman was sick of her kids sponging off her.
The unnamed woman, from the city of Pavia in the north of the country, was having to completely look after her 40-year-old and 42-year-old sons. And while she’d been trying to convince the pair to find other living arrangements, they weren’t having it.
Despite both of them being employed and able to afford their own place (or at least a place together, “neither of them wanted to know,” the woman told La Provincia Pavese (via The Guardian).
The sons did nothing to help around the house
It’s not as if the men were contributing a lot to the running of the household. In fact, even though their mother is elderly and should be relaxing and enjoying her later years, they did nothing at all.
The mother said that not only did they not do any chores around the household such as cooking or cleaning, they also failed to contribute financially.
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Finally, she had no other choice to take her sons to court.
Judge Simona Caterbi understood the woman’s plight and agreed that the sons’ behavior was completely out of order. She quickly ordered an eviction notice on the two men, effective immediately.
Caterbi said that living at home in your 20s is one thing since it’s the “obligation of the parent to provide maintenance,” that no longer applied given the sons’ advanced age.
They’ve now been given until December 18 to find another place to live and move out of their mother’s home.