A mother in Pavia, Italy, said that her grown sons have not contributed money or helped to maintain the household, according to the complaint
A 75-year-old mother in Italy prevailed in having her two adult sons, both in their 40s and employed, evicted from her home, according to multiple reports.
CNN reported that a Pavia court sided with the mother, who filed a lawsuit to have the two men, aged 40 and 42, removed from the home, citing a court clerk. The woman, who described the sons as “parasites” in court documents, alleged that the pair were living in the family apartment without contributing financially or helping to maintain the household, per the outlet.
The Guardian reported that the mother had repeatedly tried asking her sons to live on their own, but, according to the woman, “neither of them wanted to,” citing Italian newspaper La Provincia Pavese.
In a ruling Tuesday, an Italian judge said that the two men have until Dec. 18 to leave the apartment, according to CNN,
“There is no provision in the legislation which attributes to the adult child the unconditional right to remain in the home exclusively owned by the parents, against their will and by virtue of the family bond alone,” wrote Judge Simona Caterbi.
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While there is an obligation on the part of a parent to provide “maintenance” for their children, the judge said that was no longer applicable in this case since both sons are over the age of 40, per The Guardian.
CNN reported that the mother, who is retired and separated from her sons’ father, lives on a pension that goes towards buying food and maintaining her house.
According to data cited by The Guardian, about 70% of people in Italy between the ages of 18 and 34 still reside at home with their parents, adding that 72.6% of them were men and 66% were women.
The reasons for the rise in the number of young adults living with their parents, per The Evening Standard, are due to such factors as economic climate and the current job market. An Italian politician in 2007 has gone far as to call these types of adults “bamboccioni,” or big babies, who live with their folks.
According to a CBS News report last month, citing a Harris Poll for Bloomberg, about 45% of people between 18 and 29 in the U.S. reside at home with their families, the largest number since the 1940s.
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