Woman has to pay boyfriend's phone bill for a year to get out of lease

Amy Christie

*This article is a work of nonfiction based on actual events recounted to me by a friend who witnessed them firsthand; used with permission

Starting a new relationship always makes you excited for the future as you start planning your life with the other person. After dating for a while and learning new things about each other, the next step usually is to move in together.

As wonderful as it feels to take your relationship goals to the next stage, sharing a lease is not always the best idea, particularly if the term is for a year or longer.

The idea of stability and a long-term future is what drew my friend Jessica to Andrew. He was always talking about getting married, having kids, and honoring the same partner all his life.

"I felt he was my life partner from the first day we met. Our first date was great, and I could really talk to him about anything. We even had the same plans for the future, three kids and a home in the mountains," she told me.

After dating for eight months, they felt they didn't want to spend another day apart, so they started looking for a place to rent.

"Living together seemed like the best idea back then. The drives from my house to his and then to college were just pointless and exhausting for both of us," Jessica explained.

They found an apartment complex close to college and moved in a few days later. The first two weeks worked out great. They took turns cooking and grocery shopping; they played baseball together, watched football, and went to several games.

Once classes started, things changed. They both needed extra money for expenses. Jessica found a part-time job as a waitress, but Andrew kept stalling and instead played video games whenever he got some free time.

"After a while, it got to me. Why was I the only one working? It wasn't just my rent. We both had to pay our half," Jessica said.

Andrew only paid 30 percent of the rent the next month, and Jessica had to cover the full amount the month after.

"I was studying and working until midnight. I couldn't do it for long," she said.

They argued, and she told him he had to get a job.

"He refused to go to any interview and kept saying he could move back in with his parents anytime. So, I said, do it," she recalled.

The lease was for one year, and the only way to avoid a penalty was to bring in a new tenant, and both parties had to sign the agreement.

Jessica found three friends from her class who were willing to move in and actually needed the space. The hard part was convincing Andrew to sign the papers.

"He was so eager to tell me his parents would have him back anytime, but he refused to sign," Jessica said.

In the end, she asked him if he wanted something in exchange for ending the hurtful situation.

"He jumped at that. He told me if I paid his phone bill for the rest of the year, he would sign and let me out of the lease. Comparing the monthly sums, I agreed. I still think it was mean to ask for that," she added.

She kept paying his phone bill for a whole year, and their love story ended. From now on, she will be very cautious about leasing an apartment with someone.

"I won't take a lease with anyone else unless it's for a few months. It's just not worth the hassle if things don't work out and one of the parties asks for favors to walk out," she concluded.

Has anything similar happened to you? Were you able to avoid financial losses?

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Dallas, TX

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