Over-40s forced back into flatsharing by housing shortage, high rents and divorce

By: Juliet
On: Sunday, 26 January, 2014

‘Friends’ generation return to student living as financial pressures mount

Family breakdowns, rocketing house prices and the crushing legacy of the recession are forcing many people over 40 to return to flatsharing with strangers.

Flatsharing websites, which normally cater to students and those in their 20s, have seen an unprecedented boom in the number of older people in need of housing and willing to live with people half their age. In 2013, more than 60,000 people over 40 placed “room wanted” adverts with Spareroom, one of the largest websites – 20,000 more than five years ago. The over-40s now make …read more

Source: Life and style: Divorce | theguardian.com