What do you do?

What do you do when your tenant phones you and told you her ex-husband lost his job – so no more maintenance to her.

She only has a job until the end of December and she has been looking for a new job for 7 months now. She want to do the honourable thing and give early notice on the lease on the house.

And then you ask her where she and her two young children will go to and she tells you she doesn’t know.

What do you do?

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8 Responses to What do you do?

  1. halberts2014 says:

    OMG, how horrible. Are you perhaps in a position to decrease her lease payments while she & her ex get on their feet? Does she not have a new husband? Just thinking that although it is nice the get maintenance from the ex at the same time she should not rely on it completely as anything could happen

    • runnermum says:

      No new husband and I have asked her if she can afford less and she said no.

      • halberts2014 says:

        I know it’s tough, but you can’t afford to get mixed up in this. Help will have to come from elsewhere. At least she has a job until December. It sounds mean, I know, but just imagine how hard up you would be if you helped everyone.

  2. sharons58 says:

    Oh my word, what a conundrum! I really feel for this woman as I know what it is like to go without maintenance, I consider maintenance a bonus if I get it but try not to rely on it for the basic needs. I don’t know how long her lease still has to run, maybe you could decrease the payments or give her a months grace to be made up at a later stage. I am very glad I am not in your shoes to make this decision but at the end of the day your main consideration has to be your family’s wellbeing. If helping her out takes anything from your family then you just can’t do it. Loads of hugs. xx

    • runnermum says:

      I have asked if we can decrease the rent and it seems although that won’t work either.

      It is scary that she has to rely on the maintenance from a person she has divorced to keep a roof over her head.

  3. MamaCat says:

    As Sharon says, you have to make this decision with your family in consideration. As bad as you may feel for her, if your family is going to take a knock then you cannot accommodate her. It is a horrible situation, and if you are able to help, then try. I do not know where your rental place is, but are there are no cheaper places for her to live? There is also something that happens to people when they get too many freebies, they tend to take it for granted and they stop making an effort. If you can maybe give her a time limit? So you give her a chance to get back on her feet, but for a limited time.

    • runnermum says:

      This is such a dignified, honourable lady that I really don’t think she’ll take any chances but as you say – I can’t help her to the detriment of my own family.

      We are going to try and help but you know I still have that retrenchment sword hanging over my head as well.

      • MamaCat says:

        Yes, the sword over your heard means you have to save money so you do not end up in trouble should the retrenchments go through. It really is a bad place to be.

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