Mom Charges In-Law $800 to Live in Spare Bedroom

Gillian Sisley

How much of a discount should family get if they’re in need?

It's no secret that in-laws can be a real pain in a person's butt. At best, some might have a good relationship with their in-laws, but at worst, in-laws can make a person's life a living nightmare.

With that said, at the end of the day family does tend to look out for family. If a family member is in need, most people will step up and try to help. However, every person has to have boundaries, especially with family.

This sort of situation was highlighted in a recent online post in which a mother will only allow her sister-in-law to stay in her spare bedroom if she pays an above-average rental price.

How much of a discount should family get if they’re in need?

A Reddit post published on May 21st, reported on by Denise Primbet from Newsweek, has gone viral with an impressive 28,200 upvotes and 1,900 comments.

The author begins her post by explaining that she is a mother of three children, and 2 years ago her family's house burned down to the ground. Even though insurance was going to cover the damage, it would still take about a year to get a payout, which meant that the author and her family had to find an alternate place to stay.

The author's sister-in-law agreed to take the family in at the time. She originally said that she had a spare room and an office space that they could use, and they would need to buy their own groceries and pay her $100 a week. However, not long after, the sister-in-law then demanded $250 a week as well as reducing the two bedrooms to one bedroom instead. The author recounts that the only room they were given was the size of a glorified closet, and it could barely fit a twin bed and a small dresser. She adds that staying with her sister-in-law was the worst 8 months of her life.

Following this traumatic event, the author's luck turned when her family was transferred the deed to her grandmother's five-bedroom house after she chose to move into assisted living. With that said, the author's sister-in-law has just lost her own house due to not paying taxes for several years, and she is now asking the author if she and her stepdaughter can move into their home.

Financial experts advise against lending financial favors to family members.

Things can get complicated when family brings money into a conversation. Experts advise that before choosing to lend money or financial assistance to family, consider that there's a possibility that you may never get paid back, and view this as a gift rather than a loan. There is a risk of resentful feelings building due to financial tensions between family members, so be very aware of this possibility.

Upon the sister-in-law asking if she could move in, the author said ‘sure’, but she had some stipulations. She said one bedroom would be $800 a month, and the sister-in-law and her stepdaughter would have to cook all of their own food separately because the author's daughter is a vegan.

When the sister-in-law threw a fit because of the price, the author reminded her that several years ago she paid $1,000 a month to live at the sister-in-law's home in a small bedroom with five people. The sister-in-law promptly refused the offer and hasn't spoken to the author since.

What do you think? Was the author just being petty, and should have been more compassionate to the sister-in-law's situation and offered a more reasonable rental price? Or did the sister-in-law get exactly what she deserved, considering she charged the author more several years ago for a worse-off deal?

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