Not really sure of the appropriate place for this thread...
I have a question that relates to something going on in my own life at the moment. It's a, "What would you do if you were in my shoes?" type of question.
Okay... so I just found out last night after work that the house I'm renting is being foreclosed. Because we rent, the bank came straight to our house to discuss a cash for keys option to us. A cash for keys option is basically where they offer you money to move you out faster, cleaner and also to help you resettle elsewhere.
I wasn't home when the bank came by and one of my roommates answered the door and spoke with the representative from the bank, instead. My roommate left me a text that said to call when I got off of work. I called, and he told me the house was being foreclosed, and that they were offering me and each of my roommates $500 to be out in two weeks. So, of course I was terribly devastated.
This morning, my sister calls me and I told her the situation. Her husband is in the foreclosing business and she was asking me several questions on the matter to try and help. I told her about how they were offering us each $500. She then stopped me and asked, "Wait... why are they giving EACH of you $500... weren't you the only one on the lease and the only one to pay a deposit, etc?" It didn't even occur to me prior... but I am indeed the only lease holder at the house and the only one that payed a deposit and the one that has had many many people move in and out while I've been holding this lease, and dealt with all sorts of shananigans, such as roommates that up and left without paying utilities, having to have utilities hooked up... and multiple times on some of them, as they were continuously being put in different roommates names, then that person would leave and it'd be put in someone elses name... so I've paid multiple deposits on utilities during the course of living in this house, as well. The roommates I have, have all refused to be put on the lease and I never so much as asked for a deposit from any of them. They simply moved their stuff in, paid a monthly rent, and that's it.
With the roommate that answered the door last night, he's only been living here for two months... and he's only "living" here because he wants a house closer to town that he can go to on the weekends when he gets drunk at the bars. He has another house elsewhere. I felt as though it wasn't his place, whatsoever, to first of all, call and tell me, the leaseholder, that I'm only getting $500... that should be my decision. Second of all, he only moved his bed in two nights ago. He's only been staying here, and on the couch, and without any of his stuff moved in yet... maybe two nights out of the week. He never had to pay for any of the sign up fees on any of the utilities, or sign a lease, or anything.
With my other two roommates, recall that they refused to sign a lease and I never asked them for a deposit of any kind. And only in recent months have they been forced to put a utility bill in their name. With one of these roommates, their plan is simply to move back home with their parents, since their family is nearby. With the other, I would feel obligated to give at least $500 to since they have no other option once moving out.
But am I wrong to think this way? Am I wrong to believe that the roommate that has only been here a short amount of time, doesn't really deserve 1/4 of what the bank is offering?
Another thing is that none of my current roommates plan on getting together to get another living establishment together. Like I said, the one has a place already... this is just his second home away from home... and the other roommate only plans to move back home and has no other plans. With the third, who has lived here longest, next to me, never felt obligated to any of the formal lease... and only intended on living here for a few months, though that turned into a longer stay, and never paid as much on the house as I did. But he has no intentions of looking for a place to stay with me... I have a suspicion he's going to move to his girlfriends place.
This means I'm most likely looking for a 1 bedroom apartment on my own... which isn't really affordable to me... The boys I live with are all pretty much set and aren't really all that frustrated with the fact they have to move out. It's only me dealing with this incredible amount of stress at the moment. Is it wrong to not want to split the bank settlement up evenly amongst the four of us?