A young woman at college recently took to Reddit after a disagreement with her roommates over their accommodation. The problem? Despite cutting them an amazing deal on rent, they didn’t know she was a) the landlady and b) pocketing their monthly payments. When they eventually found out, a huge argument ensued. But did she do anything wrong?
She Recently Got Into College
The Original Poster (OP) recently got accepted into college. However, while her grades were good enough to get her a place, they weren’t enough to earn her any scholarships. Luckily, her wealthy uncle was on hand to help…
Her Uncle Bought a Property Near the Campus
OP and her uncle are incredibly close, and he wanted her to be able to focus on school rather than jobs, loan repayments, and so on. The result? He bought an investment property near her college. He even renovated it and let OP decide on various refurbishments. But that wasn’t all…
He Made Her the Landlady
When the renovation was done, her uncle said OP could be his landlady – renting out the three spare bedrooms and pocketing the monthly income to fund her time at college. Grateful for the opportunity, OP quickly set out to find some tenants…
She Rented the Rooms to Her Friends
OP’s friends were going to the same college, so she struck a deal with them. While studio apartments in the area were going for $900 to $1,500, OP was willing to rent each room for $700 per month, splitting utilities evenly between everyone. Her friends “jumped at the offer” with no questions asked. That is, until recently…
Her Friends Got Curious
The current problem arose when one of OP’s friends enquired about the property’s total rent. Wanting to be honest, she told them about the setup with her uncle. Unfortunately, the news didn’t go down well…
Her Friends Were Furious
According to OP, “a huge fight” erupted when her friends found out where their rent money was going. They accused her of being “greedy for charging them rent” and keeping the cash for herself. Now they want a better deal…
They Don’t Want To Pay
OP’s friends now either want to live in the house for free or “throw a couple hundred in” to cover utilities. Not knowing how to handle the situation, she went crying to her uncle for help. He said he’d stand by whatever decision she makes, but that she’s an adult now, so she has to work things out on her own.
Now She’s Unsure What To Do
Now OP feels stuck. She doesn’t want to lose her friends, but she doesn’t want to risk getting bad grades and disappointing her family if she can’t focus on school, either. She ends her post on Reddit by explaining how she thought she “was being fair with rent.” However, none of her friends see it the same way. Was she in the wrong?
Reddit Backs OP
Almost all the top comments on Reddit sided with OP. Most people thought she had nothing to apologize for, leaving comments like “If they don’t like it they don’t have to stay” and “Don’t back down, OP. Your friends are not entitled to a free roof over their heads just because you have one.”
OP’s Friends Are in the Wrong
The overwhelming response from the Reddit community was that OP’s friends were the villains of this story. One comment said, “OP’s friends are entitled as **** – they’re getting a great deal, one they cannot get anywhere else, but they want more.” Another user wrote, “You gave them the hand and now they want to take the arm.”
Should She Have Lied?
However, some Redditors put part of the blame on OP, too. For example, one user left a comment that read, “Why on earth would you tell them that you’re pocketing the money? You alienated your friends and created a breeding ground for jealousy and resentment.”
What Do You Think?
So, what do you think about OP’s situation? Was she in the wrong for not telling her friends in advance? Or did they overreact? Tell us your thoughts and what advice you’d give her in the comments!
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