This could be from living alone most of the time, but I’m not sure I’d be able to flat share now that I’m in my 50s. Although, truthfully, it’s not something I opted for when younger either. On the two occasions I did take in flat mates, the first one ran up my telephone bill calling West Africa to an eye-watering amount; and the second demolished a whole Christmas turkey I had cooked for my then boyfriend. The trick I suppose is to find people who have the same value systems as yourself. Not always easy, especially when people only tend to turn psycho-lodger past the dotted line. Added to which, it is such a relief after a hard day’s work to close my apartment door and only have me to deal with that is now somehow compelling. Of course there are pros and cons to flat sharing at any age, and here’s an article on multi-generational flat sharing which made for an interesting read. Ed

More middle-aged people are renting rooms in shared properties. But living with tenants half your age can have its pros and cons.

The flat-sharing site SpareRoom.com has revealed it has 100,000 clients in their late 40s and early 50s on its books, and 35,000 customers in their late 50s and early 60s. I was not surprised to learn that older tenants are rising in number: many older house-hunters might be unable to get a mortgage due to their age, with renting the only option.

I always imagined I would own a home, spending my middle years at garden centres perusing water features, but I am a middle-aged tenant. Over the past few years, I have spent time sharing a home with people in their 20s, usually as a temporary measure, with all of us “between homes” and grateful for a place to stay.

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