Samantha is renting out rooms in her house to supplement her income while she looks for a new job, but her roommate accuses her of being a leech and taking advantage of them by forcing them to share a bathroom with the new tenant.
Samantha used to work a stressful job with hard hours and terrible co-workers, and she was supplementing her income by renting out the third bedroom in her house to a girl who paid her $700 every month and split the utilities in half with her.
No Bathroom Sharing
However, things got really bad at work, and Samantha decided to quit her job. She cleaned out the guest room and rented it out, but her roommate was unhappy because she didn’t want to share a bathroom. Samantha pointed out that her roommate’s share of the utilities would go down, but she didn’t seem to care.
A Professional Homeowner
Samantha was now paying about $100 a month for her mortgage, plus the rent from both girls, and living off of her savings while she looked for a new job. When her roommate noticed that Samantha wasn’t going into work anymore, she accused her of being a “professional homeowner” and a leech.
She Didn’t Understand
Samantha was hurt by her roommate’s accusations and tried to explain that she was actively looking for a new job but needed to rent out the rooms to help pay her mortgage. However, her roommate didn’t seem to understand and continued to accuse her of taking advantage of them.
“I don’t consider myself to be a leech,” Samantha said. “I’m actively looking for a new job, but in the meantime, I need to rent out these rooms to help pay my mortgage. It’s not like I’m just sitting around doing nothing.”
Is She Taking Advantage?
Samantha’s roommate continued to insist that she was being taken advantage of and that Samantha was a selfish jerk. Samantha couldn’t help but feel frustrated and hurt by her roommate’s lack of understanding and support.
It’s All About Perspective
“I feel like she’s not even trying to see things from my perspective,” Samantha said. “I’m doing everything I can to keep a roof over our heads, but she’s making me feel like I’m doing something wrong.”
A Peaceful Situation
Samantha wondered if she was in the wrong and if there was anything she could do to make her roommate understand her situation better. She hoped that they could find a way to work things out and live together peacefully.
The Internet Responded
This commenter posted, “A “professional homeowner” is called a landlord. If you can get people to live in your house and pay your mortgage while you get another job, there’s no shame in that. They’re living in your house that you bought.”
More Internet Responses
Another person commented with this opinion, “You’re not the jerk, but I think the first tenant’s rent should’ve gone down a little bit since she’s sharing the bathroom and there’s now a third person sharing all the common spaces. Maybe $50-100 less a month.”
A Final Comment
This last person commented this, “I think you should have adjusted her rent down. She signed up for a bathroom and bedroom to herself. She is now getting less value for her money. Not the jerk because you have the right to rent out the room.”
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