Would I be unreasonable to charge my student daughter rent?

(54 Posts)
WestieMamma Mon 08-Jul-13 11:31:29

She thinks it's unreasonable and is throwing major strops over it.

We're in Sweden so she gets a student grant and can top this up with a student loan. Tuition is free. She is entitled to a student flat from the local council. These are really nice flats and the rent includes all bills, even internet. She however wants to live at home and commute each day to save money. By 'save money' she means live at home free of charge, eat all our food, use mum's free taxi service etc so that all her student support can be used as spending money to go and visit friends abroad. hmm

So AIBU to charge her rent? And if not, how much is appropriate? I was thinking £200 per month as rent on a student flat is £300 per month and doesn't include food. (I hope suspect that if she has to pay her way she'll be off like a shot)

Squitten Mon 08-Jul-13 17:08:38

She is an adult and should be contributing something to the running of the household. YANBU

larry5 Mon 08-Jul-13 18:17:56

Dd has just finished her degree and next year she will be doing a PGCE at a local uni. She will be getting a loan and a grant which is less than she got while away from home but her expenses will be less so she will be giving us a quarter of her money as keep as we will have the expense of feeding her over the next year.

When she gets a job she will give us a quarter of her take home pay which is what her older brothers did.

bellablot Mon 08-Jul-13 18:30:52

Wow kids these days expect to live for nothing, charge her rent and put her in charge of a single bill too, like the Internet for instance. smile

holidaysarenice Mon 08-Jul-13 18:42:29

I completely think YABU.

Also the friends I have who had to do this ended up resenting their parents and having much poorer relationships with them on the whole.

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