Should you pay rent if you stay with a friend for a month?


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ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Today’s 98.3 TRY social dilemma comes from Paul, and it’s about staying with a friend. Here is his email:

Hi Jaime. I have a dilemma for you. I am recently divorced. Since my ex-wife left the house, I’ve been getting some renovations done that I’ve always wanted to do. It will only take about a month. I’ll be staying with a friend while this goes on. I was glad I could spend more time with him, until he said he expects me to pay half the bills while I stay there. He said it was only fair since I will be living there for a month. He expects me to help him with the rent, water, electricity and groceries. I understand helping to do the grocery shopping, but I only stay there for a month. I don’t think it is necessary to pay the rent, water and electricity. I have no one else to stay with and feel really stuck right now. What would you do?

~ Paul

Well, I feel like Paul is in a difficult position. Do I think it is fair that his “friend” makes him pay the rent, electricity, etc.? – No, but what is the alternative. It would cost more to stay at the hotel. I think it’s fair to pay half for the groceries, and maybe contribute a little more. I think Paul should sit down with his boyfriend and try to sort it out so that there aren’t any lasting negative feelings.

What do you think? Is Paul’s friend righteous or does he profit? Let me know on the TRY Facebook page.