- 3 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
Where do I begin? BIL and his wife own two homes. They moved into a new, bigger house so they rented out their old house to a family for a couple years. That family randomly moved out without telling them or paying the last months rent. The house was completely trashed. Doors off the hinges, animal feces all over the carpets, marker and pen writings all over the walls, they put a pool on the back deck that busted and warped the wood, etc etc etc.
BIL and his wife put the house up for sale but it had been sitting empty for appox. 8 months. Our lease for our apartment was coming to an end, and we decided to approach them and see if we could rent the house off of them. They agreed, and dropped the rent $50/month lower than what the previous tenants were paying. This was at the end of May. We agreed that we could move in at the end of June. We called our landlord and told her June was the last month we would be living in our apartment.
BIL said we could get into the house the entire month of June to get it ready and fix it up to our liking. When we got in there, we realized there had been multiple water pipes that had busted. The 3 year old front load washer was broken. The doors were still off their hinges. Everything was filthy. The carpet had been shampooed twice, but they still smelt awful. BIL’s wife said they would put in new carpet for us before we moved in. So to help out (and get the awful stench out of the house) we told BIL that we were going to go ahead and rip the old carpets up. He agreed.
We let him know what all needed to be done so we could move into the house. The water pipes need to be fixed, water turned on, holes in the wall needed drywalled over, shower fixtures fixed, new carpet layed, new door locks installed because the old renters still had copies of their keys, and other small fixes that he knew had to be done.
Fast forward to the end of June and nothing had been done except new locks and a new shower fixture. We had one week left at our apartment before we needed to move out, so we were getting pretty anxious. The electric had been turned off for some reason, so I texted BIL’s wife and she said her Grandpa was on his last leg in his illness and she had been spending all her time with him so she didn’t ‘t know anything. DH texted his brother and asked if we should get another month in our apartment because of her Grandpa, nothing being done, etc etc etc.
BIL blew up on my DH. He said “I told you everything would be done by the 30th. Just go get your shit and get it out of the house now if you don’t want it.” DH was really confused because all he asked was if they needed another month to get everything done. BIL continued texting DH saying crazy, off the wall things like “You better find a way to fix everything you tore up like the carpet, paint the walls back to the original color, put the trim back on the walls and fix the porch railing.” (We took the trim off to paint it and we were putting a new porch railing on-you know, improving things). He continued saying, “Thanks for f*cking me and my wife over. I will see your ass in court. You just messed with the wrong motherf*cker.”
So we were threatened to be sued over improving a house we were going to move into. We hadn’t signed a contract yet because we weren’t supposed to move in until the last weekend of June. I called BIL’s wife and asked her why BIL was threatening us with a lawsuit. She said he told her we didn’t want the house anymore and we were moving our stuff out-which DH didn’t say we were moving our stuff out until BIL told us to. She said she will talk to him and get back to us.
A couple hours later she said they decided on moving back our move-in date til Aug. 1st. BIL apologized to DH that night, but I still can’t get over how fast he turned on his own brother.
Now I don’t know what to do. We have half of our stuff already at the new house, and the rest is in boxed at our apartment. It’s hard for me to forget how he acted towards us. I am going to have a hard time living there never knowing when the next time he is going to go off the hinges.
Do you all have any advice on what we should do? It’s obviously an improvement to our apartment, but at least we know our landlord won’t force us out if we have a disagreement.