She asked her boyfriend to move in with her to help with his financial struggles. However, things took a turn for the worse when he asked her to pay for half of his termination fee!
A Couple’s Separate Living Situation
OP (Original Poster) is a 25-year-old currently paying for a mortgage on her own house. Meanwhile, her partner of two years, who is 27, has been renting his current place for two years.
She explained that he had a two-year fixed tenancy agreement.
His Financial Issues
She explained that her boyfriend had recently started making “little comments” about having “money issues.”
OP said it wasn’t direct, but “he was definitely hinting at moving in.”
How He Feels
For example, OP shared that he’d say that though he isn’t struggling to pay rent or the rest of his bills, he is “unable to indulge in his hobbies.”
In a way, it’s OP’s boyfriend’s attempt to make her feel like it was time for them to move in together.
Maybe It’s Time
For this reason and because they’ve been together for quite some time, OP felt the natural next step was to ask her boyfriend to move in. Since he was already hinting at it, OP suggested he move in with her.
Saving Some Money
However, OP was adamant that they wouldn’t share ownership of the house. So, they agreed that OP’s boyfriend wouldn’t be contributing to the mortgage, essentially living with OP rent-free.
He does, however, have to split all utilities with her equally. Through this, he’d save a lot of money monthly.
Her Partner’s Demands
When OP’s boyfriend wanted to break the lease, the letting agency told him he had to pay an “early termination fee.” They explained that he needed to because he’d be leaving his tenancy three months early when a two-year fixed tenancy agreement bound him.
You Should Pay For Half!
The early termination fee was around $700 to $800, and the twist was that OP’s boyfriend had asked her to pay for half of it.
Then, he blew up when she refused.
I’m Not Doing That
OP argued that he would save money in the long run by moving in with her. She said, “I am covering the cost of my property, so he should be covering the cost of his. I don’t see this as a joint bill.”
It’s Your Responsibility
Her boyfriend is furious and thinks she’s the “a**hole” since she was the one who asked him to move in. He’s arguing that OP is the reason behind his decision to leave his tenancy early, so she should be responsible for half of the early termination fee.
Because this was her boyfriend’s reasoning, OP suggested he could continue to stay at his place while waiting for the tenancy agreement to be done. If he did this, he would not be required to pay the fee.
However, OP’s boyfriend got even angrier. He said OP was “showing her true colors” and told her that she didn’t actually want him to move in with her or “have an equal partnership.”
He Could Afford It!
OP knew her boyfriend would have no problems paying the whole fee; he had enough money saved. She has double what he has in savings, but the early termination fee is not her responsibility.
She added that her boyfriend knew about the funds in her account, as she had loaned him money from her savings before.
Am I Really in the Wrong?
OP knows that she didn’t do anything wrong. However, since her boyfriend furiously labeled her as an “a**hole,” she wants to know what strangers think of her predicament.
What the Community Thinks
Redditors think OP’s boyfriend is a waking red flag.
This woman said, “There aren’t enough red flags on the internet to cover this. Do not move in with him! And you should have never let him move in without some sort of rent. Let him stay at his place. You, not the a**hole. Your boyfriend, an a**hole.” Another commented, “Absolutely this. In fairness, he should not be required to pay half the mortgage, but he should definitely be paying rent, even if reduced. This guy is 100% trying to take advantage of OP. There are lots of good people out there; get away from this loser.”
Do you think OP’s boyfriend is only using her? What should she do?
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This post first appeared as She Refused to Cover Her Boyfriend’s Apartment’s Early Termination Fee After He Demanded She Does So Because He’s Moving in With Her. He’d Live With Her Rent-Free; It’s Too Much! on Quote Ambition.