My husband is one of the kindest hearted people you could meet, it is one of the many reasons I love him.
His late Mother (with whom I had a lovely relationship) lived in a council property with her youngest son and his wife. About eight years ago we realised that we could buy the house for her and allay her fears over what would happen to youngest son on her death. Our primary motivation was to make her last few years more financially comfortable, but we realised that it would eventually also be a long term investment for us and provide her youngest son with a home. The arrangement was that ultimately on her death my BIL would rent the house from us at a reduced rate.
When MIL died we had to wait for all to be settled, so BIL had almost eight years living rent free. He started paying £400 a month in September (literally half the going rate to rent in our area). BIL doesn’t like working and just seems incapable of holding down a job. My husband’s nephew suggested that he move in too, to help with the rent, but BIL won’t entertain the idea of sharing. We paid for the house outright, but my husband wanted to build up a fund for repairs and improvement and so is working lots of overtime to cover this as it is not coming in as rent.
I am so cross with my BIL, I can’t believe that he could be so stupid. He has what could be a great 3 bedroom house in a good area with a really decent sized garden and he is prepared to throw it away. Housing benefits locally wouldn’t even meet the full cost of a room in a HMO. We don’t want to evict him, but nor do I want my husband to continue working all the hours. What do we do?
Going after the economically disadvantaged!