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Can I leave my home at the age of 16 years old?

SophieSophie Posts: 1 Literally just got here
edited January 2019 in Home, Law & Money
Can I leave my home at the age of 16 years old without getting in trouble? 
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  • ShaunieShaunie Posts: 13,226 Born on Earth, Raised by The Mix
    edited January 2019
    Hey Sophie. & welcome to the site 

    are you in the UK? If so you can legally leave home and this article says about it more https://www.themix.org.uk/housing/housing-problems/im-16-can-i-legally-move-out-of-my-parents-8069.html

    & It says if you’re in danger then you can be made to go back home. & need to think about financial stuff. But is good to get advice of thinking of leaving home so young & to think about why you want to leave & if there’s any ways round it. And they have a link on that page for shelter support advice helpline if really want to leave.
    If not in the U.K. then I’m not too sure sorry.
    But hope you find the boards helpful for support too
    Take care & hope you stay safe 
  • ArianaAriana Posts: 193 Boards Initiate
    I think you can legally, but finding anywhere to rent that will accept you at 16 could be tricky, they'll usually need a guarantor. If your parents or someone else was willing to act as your guarantor then it might be possible. Is there a particular reason you want to move out so young? I know parents can be a pain, but living on your own brings a whole host of issues with it too. Might be something it's worth talking to your parents or someone else about what's troubling you at home?
  • MaisyMaisy The Mix convert CymruPosts: 356 Moderator
    Hey @Sophie

    @Shaunie gave you a very handy article on legally moving out at 16 (if you are in the UK). You might want to check it out. 

    As the article states "If you’re 16 and over you can leave home without your parents’ or carers’ consent. You’re unlikely to be made to go back home unless you are in danger. It’s not usually a good idea to leave home before you’re 18."  So while we can't say for sure that you can leave home at 16 without getting into trouble, it's not really recommended as you may run into problems finding somewhere to live and having to be financially independent. 

    Sometimes relationships at home can be difficult. You may want to see if it's possible to get family counselling or individual counselling for yourself to see if that helps to ease any tensions. If you need to get away from home (e.g. you are being abused) then it's best to make arrangements finding somewhere to live, perhaps by applying as homeless to your local council, or contacting Shelter http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_advice 

    If you are outside of the UK, you may want to look up the laws and social support in your area.

    Hope this helps and please continue reaching out to us! 
  • DangerousDaveDangerousDave Posts: 5 Newbie
    Hi @Sophie
    Am wondering what's led you to ask? It's anonymous here so if you feel you can, feel free to chat to us - we're here.
  • sozforhappysozforhappy LondonPosts: 123 The Mix Convert
    edited January 2019
    Hey there

    Yes it is legal to leave home in the UK at 16 but with parental permission unlike over 18. As Ariana and Maisy have said, leaving home at that age is truly not easy. There's loads of stuff to consider, like utility bills, rent payment, wi-fi, food, etc. It would be a good idea to get a part-time or weekend job as ur still in education age to support yourself financially at the same time. Although I tell you it still may not be enough to pay for all that. Maybe it's good to get a flatmate or rent a semi-independent flat, if that's comfortable for you? I'm 19 and long to move out myself but unfortunately not currently earning, my apprenticeship I'm doing has not given me an employer and I may be going to university for the next three years just in case of that (and still living at home whilst at uni cuz accommodation costs more😝). I know it's distressing and annoying to be stuck with ur family especially if they're constantly giving u a hard time but these things take loads of patience and resilience. Don't give up @Sophie, we all believe in you😉
  • SubrooSubroo Posts: 11 Confirmed not a robot
    I think it would be difficult to support yourself at that age  I'm 15 and don't know how I'd cope! Its more difficult to get jobs or borrow money from banks unless you're 18 or over.
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