Moving back in with your parents -- or having adult children come back to the nest -- is a big transition for everyone involved. The "Contract" below gives parents and their adult kids an opportunity to sit down and have a conversation about everyone's expectations and responsibilities.
Think of this as a lease with your parents; sit down and negotiate the terms with them -- including chores, length, and renewal conditions of both parties.
I, (tenant's name) will live with (landlord/parent's name) from (start date) until (end date) -- for a maximum of six months, renewable if the following conditions are met (conditions renegotiable on the first of each month).
Adhere to rules requested by tenant, for example:
No talking until after being home from work for half an hour.
No meddling in bedroom.
Month 1: Spend hours per week researching careers.
Month 2: Apply for jobs per week, continuously for six months or until job is found.
Month 3: If no job is found at this point, tenant must temp or work part-time.
Tell parents when you'll be home and at dinner.
Keep your room somewhat clean -- at least no dishes or old food scattered around your room.
Rent or other monthly contribution:
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