Woman ‘Evicting’ Roommate After Buying Their Condo From Landlord Applauded
A woman who’s “evicting” her roommate after buying the home from their landlord has been praised online.
The new homeowner shared her guilt to Reddit, under username u/Tombanel, where she asked: “AITA for ‘evicting’ my roommate after buying the condo we rented together?”
The post, which can be read here, has amassed more than 8,000 upvotes since being shared on Wednesday, as she revealed she and roommate Caitlin rented a less than 600 square-foot condo.
The 26-year-old revealed Caitlin rents the bigger room in the condo, technically the lounge, while she has the smaller room.
“Condo” is short for condominium, and is “part of a larger residential structure (although “detached condominiums” also exist), condo residents typically share certain common areas and amenities with their neighbors,” according to Realtor.com.
This means along with a mortgage, there’s usually fees associated with upkeep and maintenance, varying on the amenities available, with the site noting they range from $100 to $700 per month, on average.
While the homeowner didn’t specify where they’re based, website GoBankingRates broke down the average cost for a condo across various cities in the U.S.
Unsurprisingly, a New York condo can cost northwards of $621,572, while similarly popular Los Angeles had a price tag of $581,061.
But there are cheaper options in smaller towns, with a condo roughly costing $148,138 in Louisville, Kentucky, $133,661 in Memphis, Tennessee, $164,896 in Mesa, Arizona, and just $104,761 in El Paso, Texas.
The housing market in the U.S. is competitive amid riding mortgage rates pricing out many buyers.
Forbes noted: “The cost of buying a single-family home jumped more than 20% nationwide in April from the same month last year, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index.”
The chart below, by Statista, shows house prices in the U.S.
In the post, the Redditor said: “Our landlord told us she wants to sell the condo and I jumped in on the opportunity to buy it. She sold it to me almost 15% below market price, so it’s great.
“I already gave her the deposit and we will sign the papers in a few days, then the condo will be mine 3 months from now.”
She continued: “After me giving our landlord the deposit, Caitlin was ecstatic. She brought a champagne to celebrate, told me I’m the best and she will save so much money from now on by not having to pay rent.
“I don’t know where she got this from and I thought our landlord already told her how long she has until she has to move out, but it seems not.”
But she continued: “She flipped out. She asked me if I seriously want to evict her and throw her out on the street. She said she thought we were friends and if she had the money to buy the place, she would’ve let me stay for free because that’s what decent people do.
“Then she switched and started bargaining with me that I can have the bigger room and she will stay in the small room, she won’t bother much, and so on.
She admitted she felt “guilty,” but thought it was “given that she will have to move out.”
“Maybe I should’ve told Caitlin before giving the deposit to our landlord. I feel sorry for her, I know she doesn’t make a lot of money, but at 26, I don’t want to live in a small room anymore especially if I own the condo,” she added.
Her actions have been backed online, as BlanquitaNJ1 wrote: “That’s the part I don’t understand either. Pretty entitled for someone to assume that they won’t have to pay rent somewhere. OP is NTA at all.”
Equivalent-Record-61 said: “Right? Not only that, she assumed she was going to keep the larger room! Then she tried to use that as a bargaining chip to the new owner of the condo. Amazing entitlement! Yowza!”
Deep-Ruin2786 added: “She not only thought she wouldn’t pay rent but she would keep the bigger room too?! The audacity is strong with this one. NTA.”
Newsweek contacted u/Tombanel for comment.
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