When the Original Poster (OP) inherits a large plot of land and a house-turned-apartment from his recently deceased grandpa, he’s forced to evict the tenants to create his dream family home.
A Precious Inheritance
OP, having been raised by his loving grandpa after losing his parents young, receives a windfall of inheriting everything when his grandfather dies. This was very surprising to OP.
The Generous Gift
In this sudden inheritance is a vast plot of land, including a house converted into a fancy apartment complex and a quaint bungalow where his grandpa lived. OP and his girlfriend begin dreaming of how they can best use this surprising blessing.
OP has a child on the way and dreams of expanding his family further. This surprise inheritance was what they needed to start their family off on the right foot. OP had a lot of decisions to make in terms of what to do with these two homes.
A Better Fit
OP and his girlfriend believe the large house can be converted into their dream home. This will be a better fit for them in the long run and doesn’t need as many renovations as the quaint bungalow would need to include the room his growing family needs.
OP makes a decision to inform his tenants – occupants of the large house turned apartment – that he wouldn’t be renewing their leases. Although this was a tough decision for OP, he knew that this would provide what his family needed, and they took priority.
They have about five months to find alternative accommodations, as he plans to remodel the apartment building into a family home. His hopes and dreams for a bigger family, and an ideal home for them, seem to be taking shape.
A Twist of Expectation
The tenants, however, do not react as OP expected. It seems his grandpa had been charging them considerably less than the market rate for the apartments. Consequently, they are begging OP not to evict them, as they could never afford similar quality accommodation in the area.
Landlord Or Homeowner?
It is brought to OP’s attention that he could make money renting the larger home out to these tenants and just charging them more in the future. It isn’t viable for OP to do that, as he is not interested in becoming a landlord.
To Make Matters Worse
The more OP crunches the numbers, the more he realizes how little profit his grandfather made. It showed him how giving of a person he was. OP not only doesn’t want to be a landlord, this would cause them more financial strain than gain if they were to continue the operation.
Begging for Mercy
One tenant, a woman with three children, personally visits OP to plead for them not to be evicted. She argues OP doesn’t need that much space. This marks the beginning of OP’s heartstrings being pulled and challenging his plans.
Social Media Outcry
The tenants’ friends and families get involved, bombarding OP’s social media with messages, asking him to reconsider his decision. It is a flurry of protests, pleas, and pressure that OP didn’t foresee.
Single Parents’ Plight
It dawns on OP that most of his tenants are single parents who won’t be able to find a home of similar quality at the same price in the vicinity. He’s left to grapple with the moral implications of his actions.
When OP considers everything, including his family, he decides to stay strong on his stance. He does feel guilty but is comforted by the fact that these families had years of cheaper rent to benefit them, and he simply cannot help them and help his family at the same time.
Was Refusing To Renew Their Lease Appropriate?
The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:
One reader said, “It’s your property, and you’re giving them ample notice. They’ve had years of an incredibly great deal.”
Another Commenter Thinks
Another responder wrote: “You can shrug and say “not my problem,” that’s your choice—but if you’re feeling guilty about it, it’s because you ought to be. Sounds like your grandpa would be disappointed, too.”
A Third View on The Story
A different person states, “You own the property. You don’t owe them anything. If they can’t afford similar conditions elsewhere, that’s hardly your problem. Think of yourself and your family because that’s what’s important.”
A Final Perspective on the Matter
Another viewpoint on the story: “I appreciate it is your land, you’re giving appropriate notice, and it’s all being done above board, but I really do empathize with the kids who will have their lives shaped by things like living in a ‘good’ area and thus qualifying for the good schools, etc.”
What Do You Think?
What are your thoughts on their actions?
What would you have done in this situation?
This story is inspired by a thread from an online forum.