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4 Steps You Can Take To Deal With Family Members Who Don't Help With The Bills

June 27th, 2024

Do you have family living in your property but not helping with the bills?

We know how crazy that is!

Here you are trying to do something generous, something kind, something selfless, and your family doesn't even OFFER to help with bills (or they do... but they don't follow through).

It's frustrating...

At Evergreen Home Buyers, we've worked with TONS of people in the exact same boat as you!

Here are 4 steps you can take to help with your situation:

1. Create a Contractual Agreement Business and family rarely mix. And when you're the one paying mortgage on a house that other family members are living in, that can create bitterness and frustration. Creating a contract can help to clarify expectations. You could put clauses that require family members to do certain things if they want to keep living there (keep it clean, pay for damages, do yard work, etc.).

2. Have an Intervention If things have gotten really bad, it might be time to have a sit-down with your family. Be honest; tell them that you simply can't afford to keep paying the mortgage on your own when they're living in the house. An honest discussion can go a long way with reasonable people.

3. Offer a Grace Period If you absolutely need your family to start chipping in, but you don't want to be mean about it, offer them a grace period. Tell them that they have 2 more months to free load, but then they have to start chipping in a certain percentage of monthly payments or they have to find somewhere else to live.

4. Sell The Home Sometimes, the best course of action, if things have gone on for a long time, is to sell the property. And rather than dealing with all the hassle of finding an agent, repairing and cleaning the home, and then listing on the MLS, you can sell to a professional home buyer like ourselves. We can close within just 2 weeks and we'll pay cash for your property. Give us a call at (904) 342-3216 if you're interested!

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