He Wants To Evict a Struggling Family From His Childhood Home so He Can Move in Himself

A man recently found himself in a difficult position. He has the opportunity to move into his old family home, but there’s just one catch: He’d need to evict the family currently living there. Does he have the right?

Here’s what he had to say.

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The man’s dad still owns the family house and has been renting it out at well below the market rate. “Basically, as cheap as he can rent it without it being considered a gift,” the man said.

The reason for this, the guy explains, goes back a few years to when his dad was considering selling the house. It was a hoarded house, and the dad needed to get it cleaned up before he could sell. A few people from the local church came and helped with the process. In return, the guy’s dad agreed to rent out the three-bedroom place to a family from the church who needed a place and had six kids to provide for.

The agreement dates back to 2018, and the family is still there. Paying next to nothing. 

“They are packed in like sardines and still can barely make the rent each month,” the man said.

There are other factors at play, though. 

The guy’s dad now wants to move to a small apartment, but it won’t have space for his three cats and dog. So the dad wants his pets to live with his son. 

He says, “I’d gladly take the pets, but I’d need a bigger space than my apartment.” 

So the guy thought of the perfect plan. Move into his old childhood home!

If possible, he would then have the space for his dad’s pets, and he could also afford it because his dad would only charge him the same amount of rent that he is charging the current tenants. He could even get some extra income because he could rent out a room.

But there is another reason for wanting to move back into the home.

“Being raised in a hoard is a traumatic experience, and I think that if I could live in that same house but actually keep it clean, it would be a really healing experience for me,” the man explained.

So the man decided to discuss the situation with his dad. He thought the best solution was to give the family six months’ notice so they could start planning. 

The dad also admitted that the church never helped him clean up the house. He had paid for a team of professionals to do it. 

The man would love to move into his old family home, but he’s not sure of the best way to tell them that it is time to. 

“I’d kind of feel bad, even though I don’t know them, and I really don’t owe them anything, and my family is not responsible for their poor planning,” he says.

He asked what Reddit community members thought, and most of them thought it was OK to let the family go.

One user said, “your father did a nice thing by renting to them at way below market rate, but their poor choices – and just the fact they’re renting from him – doesn’t make either of you responsible for their well-being.”

Another said, “you’re not the one forcing them to keep having kids they can’t afford. They had a few years of way below market to save and improve their situation.”

Do you think the guy’s selfish? Or should the family have planned better?

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Source: Reddit