Family Living in Your Property But Not Helping to Pay Bills?

Family living in your home

It can be both crazy and frustrating if you find yourself in your situation where you the only one paying all the bills when you have family who can help. You try to do something generous, something kind, something selfless, and your family doesn’t even offer to help pay bills.

At Bright Haven Properties, we’ve worked with a lot of people in exactly your situation and have been left equally frustrated. Here’s the advice we usually give to get family members to either agree to pay some of the bills or move out.

Create a Contractual Agreement

Business and family rarely mix. And when you’re the one paying mortgage on a house that other family members are living in, that can create bitterness and frustration. Creating a contract can help to clarify expectations. You could put clauses that require family members to do certain things if they want to keep living there (keep it clean, pay for damages, do yard work, etc).

Have an Intervention 

If things have gotten really bad, it might be time to have a sit-down with your family. Be honest; tell them that you simply cannot afford to keep paying the mortgage and other bills on your own when they’re living the house. An honest discussion with reasonable people can help find solutions to problems.

Offer a Grace Period

If you need your family to start chipping in, but you don’t want to be mean about it, offer them a grace period. Say they have two more months to free-load, but then they have to start chipping in a certain percentage of the monthly payments or they have to find somewhere else to live.

Sell The Home

Sometimes, the best course of action, if things have gone for far too long, is to sell the property. And rather than dealing with all the hassle of finding an agent, repairing and cleaning the home, and then listing on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), you can sell to a professional home buyer like us at Bright Haven Properties. We can close within just 2 weeks and we’ll pay cash for your property (know how it works). Give us a call on 704-461-0576 today or fill the form below for a fair all-cash offer.

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