OP moved out of their shared house to care for their injured girlfriend, rarely visiting since February. They informed the roommate responsible for utilities that they wouldn’t pay for May to July, as they hadn’t been using them. The roommate insisted OP should continue splitting the bill with the other housemates because they’re on the lease.
OP’s standpoint appears justifiable; they continue paying rent but haven’t benefited from the utilities for several months. It seems inequitable to share the cost when their absence significantly reduced utility usage. The story underscores the importance of fairness in shared living spaces. Expenses should reflect actual usage to prevent conflicts and maintain equitable financial responsibilities among housemates. It also highlights the need for clear communication and understanding among roommates to resolve such issues amicably.
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OP explains how things with his roommate work.
In February, OP’s girlfriend needed care after knee surgery, so OP moved out. They rarely visited and haven’t stayed overnight since.
OP stopped using utilities in February and refuses to pay for May/June/July, causing disagreement with the roommate responsible for payments. OP seeks input on this situation.
OP clarifies that the bulk of utility costs are for electricity. OP doesn’t want to pay for variable utilities dependent on usage.
Now that you have read the story, it’s time for you to see what Redditors had to say about this. Read till the end to see what are other people’s opinions on this. Don’t forget to share your own opinion at the end of this article, too.
He has to pay the utilities by all means.
OP should be paying some amount of utilities.
Everyone at Reddit declared OP as an a-hole in this situation.
I agree with this.
Do you think the same?
We also have one commenter here who says OP is not the a-hole because he hasn’t been using anything.
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