- 5 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013
About 5 Years ago, I moved in with someone I knew from work. She owns the townhome, and I pay her rent, and pay for half the utilites and groceries. I never signed a lease, and at the time when I moved in I was dirt poor so I didn’t pay a security deposit. Also, since I worked with her, it would make sense for me not to dump her, or dump her house because that would hurt my reputation at work. Fast foward 5 years. I always paid rent on time, I am always considerate of noise and guests. I’ve been a pretty good tenant! There is no bad damage to my room, except around the window some of the plaster came off because I had to put that plastic stuff around the window in the winter time because the window leaks air, and the tape pulled of the paint, and in one spot some of the wall, and the closet door is broken.
Now that I’m gettng married, and will be moving out, she wants me to give her $400 to paint and clean the room, and fix around the window, and the closet door.
I don’t think I should be responsible for painting and cleaning, and I will have my fiance help me fix the plaster around the window, and fix the closet door. A while ago too I ruined a couple of her pans, so I will replace those too.
She also thinks that because I have been using her things in the common areas (kitchen utensils, Living room furniture) that I OWE it to her. I had my own things I could have used, but she didn’t want to give up the cabinet space. What should I do???