Parents Expect 18-Year-Old Son To Pay Them $1,300 Rent Per Month

Being a parent means instilling your children with valuable life lessons. It means being an example for your children and they transition into adulthood. For many families, a discussion about their adult children paying rent will come up. For some parents, they could never imagine charging their children to live with them. For others, they believe charging rent will instill good practice and responsibility.

An 18-year-old recently took to Reddit to ask if he was wrong for moving out of his parents house after they expected $1,300 a month for rent.

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The recent high-school graduate took to the popular AITA forum to discuss his situation.

"I (18M) just graduated and gonna be starting community college in August. Barely started doing full-time hours but that’ll change to part-time again once I start my classes," he explained. "Before my 18th b-day over a month ago, my parents started talking about how they expect me to pay for rent then half the bills if I expect to stay there."

He went on to explain that the rent was not the problem.

"The issue was they were expecting me to pay $1,300 a month for my tiny ass room that I share with my little brother," he wrote. "Not including the half of the bills they expected me to pay . Most apartments in our city are around that range but that’s for a whole ass apartment, not a single bedroom plus sharing space with everyone else."

He explained that he tried to negotiate the rent with his parents, but they didn't budge.

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"They said that’s how much they agreed on so that’s what I’d have to pay if I wanna keep staying there," he wrote.

"So I said fine and talked to one of my friend’s I already knew had his own place but was looking for a new roommate for the past 3 months. 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 like wayyyy less than the rent by itself that my parents expected me to pay."

He went on to explain that his parents are "super mad" at him for moving out.

"My mom ignored me when I moved out, my dad kept saying how he’s so disappointed in me," he wrote. "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 instead 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."

Thankfully, the comments were filled with people assuring the young man that he did the right thing.

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"$1300 for one room would be a ripoff under the best of circumstances. For a parent to try to charge their barely-legally-an-adult son that amount of money for his freaking childhood bedroom is outrageous," commented one user.

"Parents are trying to get him to fund a good chunk of their lifestyle at that point," echoed another.

"They were hoping to rely on an 18-yr-old for their mortgage payments? Maybe it's time for them to sell the house and get something smaller and more within their price range?"

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