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Teenager blown away by parents’ ‘outrageous’ rent payment request: ‘It’s an absurd amount of money’

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An 18-year-old is struggling with his decision to move out of his parent’s house. 

The teenager explained his situation on Reddit’s “Am I the A******” forum. He is going to be starting college soon. His parents told him they expected him to pay rent and bills if he still wanted to live at home. The trouble was they wanted $1,300 a month, which was the price of an entire apartment in his area.

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“Before my 18th b-day over a month ago, my parents started talking about how they expect me to pay for rent and half the bills if I expect to stay there,” he explained. “That wasn’t the problem. The issue was they were expecting me to pay $1,300 a month for my tiny room that I share with my little brother. Not including half of the bills they expected me to pay. Most apartments in our city are around that range but that’s for a whole apartment, not a single bedroom plus sharing space with everyone else. Most of my paycheck would just be going to that then. I [told] my parents I don’t [have] a problem with helping with the bills and paying for my room if they made the rent lower. They said that’s how much they agreed on so that’s what I’d have to pay if I wanna keep staying there.”

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He accepted their terms and decided to move out. But his parents didn’t like that one bit. 

“I said fine and talked to one of my friends I already knew had his own place but was looking for a new roommate for the past three months,” he wrote. “Ended up going with him and he added me to the lease. My own room and bathroom, plus the total for rent and my half of the bills it’s way less than the rent by itself that my parents expected me to pay. But the thing is they’re super mad at me for leaving. My mom ignored me when I moved out, my dad kept saying how he’s so disappointed in me. For a while, they were hoping to rely on me with helping out with their mortgage payments on the house also with the bills. So now that I’ve chosen to leave, my dad says I’m going to leave them really struggling and he can’t believe I decided to be selfish instead of helping my family out.” 

Reddit thought the teenager made the right move.

“For a parent to try to charge their barely-legally-an-adult son that amount of money for his freaking childhood bedroom is outrageous,” one person commented.

“It’s an absurd amount of money to pay for a shared bedroom,” another wrote.

“They really shot themselves in the foot with their greed,” someone added.

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