A woman’s boyfriend had recently passed away, so she returned to her hometown for emotional support. Thankfully, her parents proposed a new living situation for her, but this wouldn’t last long due to the demands of her sister.
Living Rent Free
The woman had been living rent-free in a property owned by her parents. “My boyfriend recently passed away – it’s been awful, so I’ve moved home for a while,”, she explained. “My parents own a rural property which had been empty for a while and fairly run down. They invited me to stay there (rent-free), and told me it was my home for as long as I needed.”
The woman explained that despite living there rent-free, she had invested a lot of time, effort, and commitment into the home: “I spent a lot getting the house fixed up, and I also made friends with Olha, a Ukrainian refugee with a young daughter. Olha was struggling and I invited her to stay with me for a couple of months. My parents had no issue with this.”
Unexpected Family Move
However, drama recently unfolded when the woman’s sister also abruptly moved to her hometown due to her brother-in-law’s job troubles. The small family moved in with the woman’s parents, creating a crowded household.
The Swap Proposal
To the woman’s dismay, the parents and sister approached her with a shocking proposal: they wanted her to swap homes with her sister’s family. Their reasoning was that her home was too large for one person, and it would be better for the family to live there.
The woman couldn’t understand the necessity for this swap. There were enough rooms in her parents’ home, and her brother-in-law had the means to find another place.
The woman put this down to favoritism. “She’s always been the golden child, and my niece is incredibly spoiled too”, she explained. “My parents bend over backward for their requests.”
Advocating for Olha
When the woman mentioned Olha and how she had promised to let her stay, the woman’s parents were upset that she prioritized helping someone else and their child over her sister and niece. They equated her sister’s situation to Olha’s, which the woman found shocking.
A Clash Over Ownership
Unfortunately, the discussion escalated. The parents shouted, “You’re living on our property, so you’ll do as we want”. The woman responded, “You said this was to be my home for as long as I needed, but if we want to talk in property terms and not family terms, evict me”.
Daily Guilt Trips
Whilst her parents chose not to evict their daughter, the woman faced daily calls and messages from family members, guilt-tripping her and labeling her as selfish for not accommodating her sister’s situation.
The woman found herself torn. She couldn’t believe how her parents were trying to kick her out so soon after the death of her boyfriend. She deemed the house switch to be unnecessary, considering how much space her sister and family already had. However, she recognized it was not her property on paper, and wondered if she was acting entitled.
The Internet Chimes in
The woman asked for second opinions on an internet forum, hoping for friendly advice. Unfortunately, most responses were not positive. “Sorry but this is your parents’ property”, someone pointed out. “They’ve not given it to you in any legal sense. They should definitely compensate you for fixing it up though.”
Both Siblings Were Spoilt
Many readers also pointed out the woman’s hypocritical attitude. “You make a lot of fuss about your sister and niece being spoiled, but you’re leeching off your parents just like she would be if she lived in the house instead”, they wrote.
Give Her a Break
However, there were some sympathetic readers who felt it was important to consider the recent death of the woman’s boyfriend. “You’re grieving a recent loss, and you’ve been there for less than 6 months”, one defendant wrote. “You’ve barely settled or begun to heal. Fair enough if they gave you a timeline, but it’s incredibly disrespectful to demand the house back right now.”
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