A man decided to purchase a house, but right before they closed, his wife divorced him. The owners threatened to sue him if he backed out; now they want him to do them a favor!
Life on Pause
OP (Original Poster) bought a house with his partner, and right after they settled on which house, she wanted a divorce. Due to the loss of income, OP asked the owners and the real estate agent if he could withdraw his offer.
Too Far Gone
The problem that OP ran into is that he had signed “just enough” paperwork that he couldn’t back out without being in legal jeopardy. The homeowner also told him he would “100% pursue that route” if he backed out of the deal.
Deal With It
There was no way out of it now. OP was stuck with the house.
So, a little while later, he went to check out the house, and the previous owners told him they would complete chemo treatment and be able to move out on the 30th.
A Legal Situation
According to their signed paperwork, OP was supposed to take custody of the house on the 20th. The previous homeowner told him he wouldn’t finish his chemo treatments until the 30th and asked him if he could “please stay” until he finished his treatments.
An Easy Answer
OP had his old house until the end of the month, so he told the previous homeowners that he would be okay with them staying until their treatments finished. He did mention to them that, given what was happening, he would like to start moving his things in before the 20th.
Sure Thing, Man!
Since he had given them an extra 10 days to move, he figured they wouldn’t mind him moving in some of his things early. On top of that, the basement was empty, so he would just be moving things into the basement while they still lived upstairs.
Everything Seems Fine
The previous homeowners were appreciative that he had let them stay. Since he wouldn’t be moving any large furniture in, just boxes for the basement, they had no problem with that arrangement.
Not So Fast
Everything seemed fine until OP texted them a few days before the 20th and asked if they would mind him moving some things in—just two boxes in total. However, the homeowner’s wife replied to his request and said, “No, my husband isn’t feeling well because of chemo.”
OP understood the previous homeowners were going through a complicated process, so he asked, “Okay, when would be a good day for me to move some of the easier things in?”
The homeowner’s wife replied, “My husband isn’t feeling well. You can start moving in on the 20th, thanks.”
Is This Reality?
OP felt this was crazy since he wouldn’t bother the husband moving in his things, and he was already doing them a big favor. He thought the homeowner’s wife didn’t want him in her house yet, but he couldn’t understand why she would act like that, given the favor he was doing for them.
Following the Law
According to the law, OP didn’t have to give them extra time. He had based his request on the fact that he was already doing them a favor, and now they were going back on it.
So That Means
OP was in a situation now where the previous homeowners weren’t honoring the agreement.
He didn’t have to wait until the 30th. He could take possession of the home on the 20th, but he wondered if he would be an a**hole for doing that, given the situation.
Redditors’ Two Cents
Redditors were surprised at the behavior of the previous homeowners, with a lot of them backing OP up in his decision.
One Redditor advised that anyone in this situation could benefit, saying, “Not the a**hole. OP bought the house. It’s completely theirs. The previous owner has no right to any part of the property. OP, never make these kinds of agreements. You were trying to be kind, but often people will screw you over. A situation like this could have only worked if you had it in the purchase agreement. The previous owner should pay you rent for any additional days they occupy the house.”
Another Redditor gave OP some advice based on the law: “OP, go straight back to your realtor, who made their money off of you selling the property, and advise you on the situation and to explain your legal options immediately. You don’t want to have to go through any eviction process if all of a sudden the 30th rolls around, and they’re still in there making up more excuses, possibly turning into squatters, etc. worst case scenario, so stop it in its tracks now and make your realtor earn their commission.”
A Complicated Scenario
The adage that “no good deed goes unpunished” might be what OP is about to deal with.
One Redditor commented on this, saying, “Not the a**hole. But I still wouldn’t move anything before the 20th to have my a** covered. I guess this proves that it is perfectly possible to be an a** hat with cancer, huh? I say this as a cancer patient: Yes, it is a horrible disease, but it doesn’t give you a free pass to behave like s*** as if other people don’t matter, and it is okay for people to call you out for it even if you do have this awful disease.”
Did OP make a mistake by trying to be nice to people who threatened to sue him? Should he have stuck to the original agreement, and would he be wrong to kick them out on the 20th?
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