Too much to handle, needing to vent.

Canada
September 17, 2011 10:58am CST
It was time to clean out the gerbil tanks so my husband went downstairs to get the spare tank and got yelled at suddenly by our roommate. He said that we still owed him $300 for a credit card bill that we'd already been paying. He saved our rears in July by paying off the gas bill completely, and we were paying him back a bit at a time. He stopped recording the payments and is now saying that we owe him all of the money, despite already paying about half of it. He also claims that he and his girlfriend aren't using any hydro, but he clearly is as it's not just us using it upstairs. What does he do, sit in the dark and do nothing 24/7? Nope, and I know that for a fact. He's on his computer most of the day with lights on. She does laundry several times a week despite us telling her only to do it once a week. We hear her tv and stereo on most of the time and she's upstairs using our microwave every day. So how is that not using hydro? And he's complaining that we're putting the heat on and have used the A/C when they were needed. If he wants to suffer, that's fine. We'll be getting onto a new hydro plan where it will be cheaper all the time. We'll use space heaters upstairs and avoid using heat wherever possible. Of course, we'll still have to pay the water heater rental, it's part of the bill anyways, but they can suffer downstairs. Quite frankly, I've had enough of them. I pay him money for the bill that we owe, but it goes through his girlfriend first and who's to say that she's not keeping it when she's a known thief? Since my days are getting shorter, I wont be needing his help with the dog, so I wont be paying him for that anymore. We've learned a valuable lesson here, receipt books are a must when it comes to things like this. I've asked to see a copy of the credit card bill, but he wont produce it, to prove to us that we still owe all that money. I gave him $50 this week and he's refusing to believe that I gave it to him even though he has a text message to prove that I was giving it to him. I don't know about people sometimes. Life is chaotic right now with the Stratford trip right around the corner, although it hasn't been finalized yet, and we have someone moving in supposedly today. Tiger was supposed to go to the farm, but he's still here, and Braylie is supposed to be spayed a week from Monday, but I may have to cancel that if my roommate wants to continue being an idiot and if I am going to be out of town when she's supposed to go in. So yeah, I'm stressed, and I needed to vent.
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6 responses
• Canada
17 Sep 11
Gotta love computers. :) Always a place to vent, and always someone to read it. People can be absolutely nutty sometimes. Good for you for getting proof of the $50. When in doubt, I use my phone to record what is going on, either on video, or with the voice recorder. I don't need someone trying to claim it never happened.
• Canada
17 Sep 11
He had started to do that with his phone, then stopped when it started to get colder out. He wasn't coming outside anymore. That's when the trouble started with us. Live and learn I guess.
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
30 Oct 11
I'm sorry you are having so many problems. I thought when you got rid of the last roommate that you had solved all your problems. I think it he keeps this up that I would get him out and give him the rest of what you know you owe him and tell him to stay away. It also seems like you should give the money directly to him from now on instead of going through the girlfriend because if she is a known thief then he probably hasn't seen any of the money. I hope this situation has been resolved by now. Have a great weekend!!!
• United States
17 Sep 11
It sounds like you and your husband really need a place to yourselves. Having housemates is difficult enough when you're single; trying to live the life of a married couple and dealing with a housemate- and his sketchy girlfriend-who has yet to grow up really isn't practical.
@MandaLee (3695)
• United States
17 Sep 11
I am sorry Kris. That is terrible. Your roommates are taking advantage of your goodness. I hope things get better for all of you.
@GardenGerty (92330)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Sep 11
A receipt book or paying by check would help, but cannot help in retrospect. I think that it is a hard lesson to learn. It sounds like they get a heck of a deal living with you.
• United States
17 Sep 11
Never fails to entrust a room-mate and they repay you with yet more stress. Sorry to hear on the one weekend you were suppose to get a little rest that your room-mate has to add to the mix. Hindsight of course receipts are necessary but who would have thought he would stoop so low as to say he does not use the hydro. OMG, this is the most outrageous thing I have heard. Even if he does not use it, he still has to pay. There was not contract between agreeing that if he does not use it he does not have to pay. I know for a fact here that unless there is a written and or verbal contract that says if the tenant does not use the hydro, he will not have to pay. I have heard cases here where room-mates stay at their partners homes for weeks on end then claim that because they did not stay there they do not have to pay. Well that gets shot down in court because no deal, once one has an agreement one has to abide by it. Never mind the venting this is always the greatest place to come and blow off a bit of steam. I do hope that the rest of your weekend off goes better for you.