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Currently I am living in parent's condo with a roommate. The condo has two bedrooms. My parents moved back to Poland last August. I pay for the bills and take care of them. The mortgage, association, internet/phone and electric come to around $800 a month which is not bad. For the time being I have been splitting the rent with my roommate. Had a few problems with him but I straightened him out.

For the last few weeks my roommates brother has moved in and been living in my roommates room. Long story short his gf kicked him to the curb. From the looks of it, it looks like my roommates brother will be living with us indefinitely. Now here is my dilemma, should I be charging the brother for rent? I know those two are sharing a medium size room. I spoke with my Mom about this and she told me that we should split the payments into three. Another thing to consider is that my roommate says that his brother has no money which I find hard to believe but w/e. There are three of us now sharing basically everything. I'd appreciate some input because I really don't know.

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Re: How Should this be Handled...

Awwww man, see I hate freeloaders....

Look, you need to charge his brother rent too because that's a 3rd person using the condo, 3rd person causing any extra wears and tears on stuff in the condo, use of rooms, potential spills, stains, etc., added on by that 3rd person. No one lives rent free unless they're still at home under their parents wings. Plus, his extra part can go to potential damage / maintenace issues incurred by this 3rd person.

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Re: How Should this be Handled...

Same thing happened to me several years ago. I said to my legit roommate that the bills had to now be split 3 ways. If he didn't have the money he needed to leave, get a job or he had to pick up his freinds third. Sure, they're sharing the bedroom but he's also using the utilities and common areas as well.

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Re: How Should this be Handled...

Seeing that it's your parents place it really is up to you.

I might see you still paying half the rent but splitting utilities 3 ways.

This is how I did it in college when I was living with 3 people in a 2 bed room apartment, but things change outside of college so maybe splitting the rent 3 ways too is the way to go.

I don't think I'd mind paying half the rent still and then splitting the util's 3-ways, but that's just me
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He lives there, he needs to pay rent and his share of utilities.

I would suggest having him sign a rental agreement. This will cover you should something go horribly wrong.
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See the thing with the bills is simple. The rent is the mortgage 408.51 a month. Everything except electricity, internet and phone are in the association 276.76 a month. So basically gas and water can be used to unlimited amounts. The brother does have two jobs and goes to school. He works @ UPS and at a security company so he does bust his ass

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Re: How Should this be Handled...

if he is living there i would say yes...

squatting is not cool in my book...

but maybe he and the brother should be paying a lower split...with the understanding that if he(room mates brother) moves back out the room mate gets charged 1/2 again...something like

you-$350
room mate-$225
dead beat brother-$225

if he has no money tell him to get a job...or a better job...or another job...LOL

sorry but in my book unless it is for an agreed term(2 weeks till he gets back on his feet...w/e) nobody stays for free...

i have some close friends that if something happened to them and they needed a place to crash for a week or so...i would make and exception...
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Even though he is sharing a room, he still uses utilities and what not. Do you guys split the food bill as part of the 800, or is that seperate?
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They get their food for free from their Mom and I buy my own

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ah okay. Yeah I say tell them that he has to pay a third, or the other can pick up the slack, or the brother has to go.
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