A Reddit user wants to charge her 25-year-old daughter half the rent. But, her daughter doesn’t think her “run down” house is worth that much for rent.
Her Daughter Can’t Find Anything Affordable
The original poster (OP) explains that after her daughter started working an “adult job,” she asked her to pay half the rent and utilities. Their cost of living in her area is expensive, but the rent is below average.
OP’s daughter repeatedly tells her that she’s trying to save money for a down payment and has additional tuition she needs to pay for. She wants to move out but can’t find anything affordable and thinks paying half the rent is unfair.
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Her Daugther Thinks Their House Is “Run Down”
OP’s daughter thinks the reason the rent is low is that the house is “run down,” which is another reason why she doesn’t want to pay half the rent. OP confesses that her daughter has never brought anyone over because she is embarrassed about how messy and cluttered the home is.
OP’s daughter has repeatedly asked her to remove the junk and clean up around the house and offered to help clean her things. But OP refuses to let her daughter do anything, fearing she will throw away all her stuff.
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The Reddit Community Chimes In
Many Reddit users disagreed with OP’s request to have her daughter pay half the rent because she is not being fair with their living space. One Reddit user said, “If you want her to pay rent, she should get a liveable space, and it doesn’t sound like that’s what she’s getting.”
Another Reddit user called OP a “hoarder.” They add that typically that whoever has the master bedroom pays more rent instead of splitting it 50/50.
Other Reddit users said it was okay to have her daughter pay rent as long as she’s paying for the space she’s living in and not charging for the entirety of the house.
Is OP wrong for asking her daughter to pay half the rent? Is a 50/50 split unfair for a “run-down” house and only for a smaller bedroom? How much would you charge your children to live with you?