Couples would have to live with parents for over 3 years to save for a house deposit

Saleha Riaz
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A Sarah Neate, editor-in-chief at Ocean Finance, said
A Sarah Neate, editor-in-chief at Ocean Finance, said "moving back in with parents is a hard choice, but for many couples, it is the only option to save up for a house deposit." Photo: Getty Images

Couples that move in with their parents to save on rent would need to live in their family home for 37 months, just over three years, in order to save up for an average home deposit, a study has found.

The report, by personal finance experts Ocean Finance, said “a rent-free stay in the family home is one way to quickly boost your savings pot for your first property.”

Ocean Finance look at the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) data to find out the average rental price in 347 areas in England, and calculated how many moths it would take to save for a 10% house deposit, which it said is about £26,700 ($36,768) in England, and £50,100 in London.

Chart: Ocean Finance
Chart: Ocean Finance

Of course, the three year figure is an average for across England. It could be much longer depending on where you live.

Couples in Hull would need to move in with their parents for the longest period of time – 65 months - to save for a deposit. They would save an average of £4,944 each year.

For couples in Sheffield and Nottingham, it would take almost four years (45 months), during which they would save £7,200 and £7,140 respectively per year.

Those in Bristol and Reading would have to live with their parents for the least amount of time, at just over two years (27 months), saving £11,940 annually on average, to save up.

If those living in the cheapest boroughs in London, such as Bexley and Sutton, could save their monthly rent payments by living at home, it would take almost four years (46 months) before they could afford a 10% deposit for the average £50,100 London home. 

This is likely to increase over time, as London prices rose by £25,926 since January 2020, the report said.

Sarah Neate, editor-in-chief at Ocean Finance, said "moving back in with parents is a hard choice, but for many couples, it is the only option to save up for a house deposit."

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The report cited research that showed about 34% of parents say they had a negative experience after their child and partner moved in, with most arguments caused by the couple not doing enough housework.

Neate suggests that for those worried about causing friction with their parents, it is important to set boundaries before moving in to allow everyone their own personal space. 

"Help with housework and avoid treating your parent’s home like a hotel. Don’t forget to stick to your budget too – the more you save, the quicker you can move out again," she said.

A report from November last year said some 14% of first time buyers — equating to 51,000 Brits — have moved back in with their parents in order to save for a deposit.

The average stay for first-time buyers staying with their parents was found to be 9.5 years across the UK, according to a survey of over 2,000 UK first time buyers by online mortgage broker Trussle.

Two-fifths (40%) of Brits now need family support to purchase their first home, the study said. 

Another study from last year showed Brits are up against a long wait to own their first home, with the average first-time buyer taking as long as four years to scrape together the money for a deposit.

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