|Fair rental costs? A long and angsty question
||[Feb. 11th, 2007|05:36 pm]
The Question Club
Say you have an apartment, in the inner suburbs of a city in which housing is expensive and hard to find. It's a two bedroom, one bathroom, one garage spot. One bedroom is a master bedroom, where you sleep. It is around three times the size of the other, which is smaller than the bathroom. The parking space is yours. You pay around $50 a week more than you expected to when you moved up, but you're a young professional clearing $600 a week, so it's not a huge stetch.
Say you've got a friend, who is coming to live in the same town, to study at university. To do so, they have to leave their job, and will be existing on government benefits until they can find work. They'll get the equivalent of $180 a week government assistance whilst they are studying. You're currently living by yourself in the apartment, paying $270 a week rent, and don't really want to have a stranger live with you, so this is pretty much your only option to take in a boarder to help pay rent.
a)What would be a fair price to charge them in rent & utilities? What proportion?
b)Would it make a difference if they were a member of family, say, younger sibling?
c)What if you'd initially been excited about the idea, and then changed your mind at a point at which it was too late for the other person to apply for on campus accomodation?
d) Would it make any difference to you if the other person had lent you, interest-free, their portion of an inheritance from a bereaved relative in order for you to do more things on an overseas trip? And you didn't pay them back for almost a year after you returned?
e)If a family member were taking advantage of your being dependent on their assistance, using it to extort more money from you than they'd get from a stranger in the same position, but you had to live with them anyway for a short period of time, how would you keep things civil?
I'm the younger sister. I applied for uni there because it's easier to get a place in the course I want to do, because she'd initially been excited about the idea and I knew she was lonely. I asked before I applied, and then again after I received an offer in the course, before accepting the offer. My sister initially said 'sure, whatever you can afford, love to have you up here' but is now pushing for an amount of rent she knows I simply don't have, leaving me pretty bound. We used to be really close, too, so it's all unexpected. I never intended to mooch - if I am able to find work up there, I might even agree to the much higher rent)