Woman Praised for Kicking Out 'Best Friend' Who Lived Rent-Free in Her Home

A woman has been praised online for kicking out her "best friend," who has lived rent-free in the house she owned for the past few years.

The 24-year-old shared her dilemma to Reddit under username u/Hot-Message-3714, claiming her grandmother left her a house when she died, which she and her friend Kate, also 24, had lived in since they were 20.

The post, which can be read here, amassed more than 6,000 upvotes since being shared Thursday, while the top comment received more than 4,000 upvotes alone.

The homeowner explained: "I didn't ask Kate to pay me any rent and she just contributes to the house expenses such as bills etc."

File photo of moving boxes.
File photo of moving boxes. A woman has been praised for kicking out her "best friend" who lived rent-free. Aneese/Getty Images

While she didn't specify where she and Kate live, the U.S. is in the midst of a housing crisis, seeing rent soar to eye-watering amounts.

A report from RedFin last month revealed that in May, the median rent per month surpassed $2,000 for the first time.

That's a year-on-year increase of 15 percent, and a 2 percent rise from the previous month.

Rents increased the most in Austin—by 48 percent—since RedFin's data began in 2019, while they decreased by 10 percent in Milwaukee.

The World Population Review analyzed the average rent in each state, with the highest being $1,617 in Hawaii, and the lowest $725 in West Virginia.

They noted: "The average American renter pays $1,326 a month. For those looking to move, prices are even higher. The average asking rent is now $1,900 , with single-family houses averaging $2,018 a month, while a typical apartment costs an $1,659."

The nationwide squeeze is hitting residents hard, as the site added: "Housing is the single most significant expense for most households in the United States. The average household dedicates 33.1% of its budget to housing costs."

The chart below, by Statista, shows the average space for $1,500 rent.

Infographic: How Much Living Space Does $1,500/mth Get You in the U.S? | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

The Redditor explained she and her fiancé, also 24, have been together since they were 19. As they got serious, she said he was "spending more time at my place and he'd usually stay in my room and not bother Kate."

The woman wrote: "Kate didn't have a problem at first but later she said I needed her permission to bring someone over."

To respect Kate she'd spend her time at her fiancé's, but "she'd make a scene even the few times he'd come over. She'd also make a scene about me leaving to go stay with him and how I'm a tourist at my own house."

Despite being away, she clarified: "I never stopped paying for my share of bills and expenses. One time the electricity and water bills were higher because my fiancé would have visited and would have used water to shower and opened the ac/heat on etc.

"I told Kate I'd pay more and she'd just have to pay her usual share and that she doesn't have to pay any more money at all. But she didn't like that and demanded my fiancé pays as well. I told her that's not for her to decide and that's on me and him to figure out."

She knew an engagement was in the cards, so she tried to talk to Kate about how the living situation would work going forward, urging her to try finding her own place or move in with her parents, explaining that she told her: "I plan on using this house to live with my partner and start a family here.

"She didn't believe the proposal would happen soon despite & said she will look into it when the time comes. I tried to warn her countless times. But she never took me seriously."

After the proposal "Kate was shocked and had a mental breakdown about how she can't live on her own and I should just give her some time."

But the bride-to-be put her foot down, saying: "I told her that my fiancé plans to move in in 3 months and she could go stay with her parents. My fiancé moved in a month ago and Kate has made no move of finding a place or going to her parents.

"My fiancé has started paying bills and all in the house but Kate picks fights with him over household stuff and arrangements all the time. I confronted her and I told her that by next week all her things will be packed and she'll be out of my house and she doesn't get to make the rules here and that the house belongs to me in case she forgot.

I confronted her and I told her that by next week all her things will be packed."
Homeowner

"She packed a couple of clothes and left that day and for the past few days she's sent her sister and mom to collect her stuff and they both claim I've been a s****y friend to Kate and how unacceptable it is that I prioritised housing my fiancé over my childhood best friend and just kicking her out like this. AITA"

The internet sided with her, as Mountain_Lemon9935 wrote: "She's hardly even a tenant, she pays nothing for rent!!! NTA, OP. Your "friend" should have been saving money all this time she's lived for free."

TheRedSkittle4 wrote: "Yup. She acted like the house was hers and was disrespectful to OP and her fiancé. That's not a friend."

SkrogedScourge said: "Seriously she got 4 years of free rent and 3 months notice and then waited another month to finally be told hit the road. 4 years was plenty of time to save up a nice down payment on her own place. OP NTA."

Newsweek contacted u/Hot-Message-3714 for comment.

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