A 75-year-old woman from northern Italy who got tired of maintaining her sons, 40- and 42-years old sons just got a court sanctioned eviction order against them.
The mother was also annoyed that her sons did not contribute to the household expenses or chores despite both being employed. A Pavia judge, Simona Caterbi, sympathising with her plight issued an eviction order against the men.
In her ruling, Caterbi said that while the men still living at home was initially warranted due to the “obligation of the parent to provide maintenance”, it was no longer justifiable given the fact that they were over 40.
Almost 70% of people in Italy aged between 18 and 34 still live at home with their parents, according to 2022 data: 72.6% of men and 66% of women.
Although there has always been a culture in Italy of multiple generations living under one roof, the number of young adults staying longer in the family home has risen in recent years, mostly because of tough economic conditions and the lengthy amount of time it takes to find a stable job.
However, many are dismissed as bamboccioni (big babies), a term first used by an Italian politician in 2007 to mock adults still living with their parents and which suggests that some do it for the convenience of free room and board.
While an eviction order is rare, there have been cases in Italy of parents being taken to court by their adult children who still expect financial support. In one case, in 2020, Italy’s supreme court rejected the appeal of a 35-year-old part-time musician, who argued that his €20,000 income wasn’t enough to live off and he needed money from his parents. His case was rejected, with the court ruling that young adults do not have an automatic right to parental financial support.
The men have until 18 December to move out.