This user was asked by her elderly parents if they could move in with her, and she agreed. When her parents found out they’d be living in the guest house, they threw a fit!
What a Peaceful Life
OP (Original Poster) is a widow whose kids are all grown up and moved out. She’s an empty nester, and she also doesn’t drive.
She referred to her current place as her “forever” home, where she lives with her beloved dogs.
Thinking of the Future
OP cherished her kids and wanted to ensure they were always taken care of when they came to visit. That’s why she converted her garage into a legal guest house that’s entirely up to code.
All the Fixings
The guest house had everything a person could possibly need. It was outfitted with an “independent washroom, kitchen, everything.”
This ensured that her kids could live comfortably when they stayed with her over the holidays and such.
A Place to Stay
However, OP’s parents were elderly and were looking to downsize and save money. So, they asked OP if they could move in with her.
You’re Always Welcome!
Since OP believed in caring for family, she agreed to their request. She wasn’t about to just turn her back on her parents in their time of need.
Spreading the Word
From there, OP made sure to inform her children of the arrangement. When they visit in the future, they’d have to stay in bedrooms in the house, not the guest house, as it would now be taken full-time.
Things moved along, and the date for OP’s parents to move into her guest house soon arrived. OP’s kids even showed up with their families to assist with the move-in process.
Scratching Their Heads
As boxes and other personal belongings were carried into the guest house, OP’s parents became confused. They wanted to know why their stuff was going into the garage.
It became clear that there had been a serious miscommunication between OP and her parents.
OP explained to her parents that they were moving into the garage since it was a fully up-to-code and furnished guest house. They’d be comfortable, and it had everything they would need.
However, it was clear that this wasn’t what OP’s mom and dad had expected. Her parents said they had assumed they’d be moving into her house since she has five bedrooms.
She explained to them that she actually only had two bedrooms. One room was for her office when she saw clients, one was her private office, and one was her hobby room.
The spare bedroom was for her dogs.
OP also mentioned that since she sees clients in her house, she doesn’t want to risk her parents interacting with them. That would be unprofessional and not the image she wanted to cultivate.
Jumping the Shark
Still, her parents insisted that they wanted to live in the house. They were not thrilled at the prospect of living in the garage “like Fonzie.”
Be Ready for Shady Pines
At this point, OP was fed up with their stubborn pickiness. She told them it was a “take it or leave it” situation.
OP continued, “If they didn’t want the garage, they could move into a nursing home or something.”
Her parents remained uncooperative and stubborn about the entire situation. Even though they ended up moving into the guest house, they remained angry.
For OP, this anger was entirely misplaced because she offered a fully functioning guest house for them to live in—rent-free!
The Community’s Thoughts
The community was quick to chime in and note how fast their daughter-parent relationship could deteriorate without everyone having their own divided personal space.
One user said, “Wow, your parents are spoiled. A rent-free, up-to-code apartment sounds pretty sweet. If it isn’t good enough for them, then they can make other arrangements. But if you let them into your main house, it will become their house. And you won’t be able to get away from them. Not the a**hole.”
Another Redditor summed up the community’s sentiments with, “Oh, it will become ‘see your clients in the garage, this is our home, not an office building.’ Relationships are better when everyone has their private space.”
Not in Doubt
Others also pointed out that OP was already kind enough to offer a space to begin with.
“It’s OP’s house, and therefore OP can do as they d*** well please. I don’t even get it from the parent’s side, to be honest. I love my parents, but if they were moving in with me, it wouldn’t be into my house; it’d be into some kind of self-contained apartment on my property. That way, everyone gets their personal space,” said one Redditor.
What do you think? Was OP rude for not letting her parents move into a bedroom instead of the guest house?
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This post first appeared as She Forced Her Parents’ Hands, Making Them Choose Between Living in Her Garage or a Nursing Home. They’re Furious, but She Thinks Letting Them Live Rent-Free Is More Than Enough! on Quote Ambition.