“Green Hell” for empty-nesters? Older couples who don’t downsize are “housing hoarders”, says a Labour Party-backed think-tanker. But where do his parents live?
Last week, a report entitled “Hoarding of Housing” garnered headlines in UK papers by spotlighting old couples who were “taking up” too many bedrooms by living in their family homes long after their kids had moved out.
The report said that empty-nesters should be “encouraged” (nudged?) into downsizing to make room for all the struggling young families that face a housing shortage. The backlash was huge.
Now it’s been revealed that the lead author on the study — who lives in quite the nice home himself — has parents who are “taking up” a 5-bedroom family home all by themselves. his defense is that, “they have frequent visitors!!”