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January 17th, 2015 at 02:31 pm

My husband will move out to the east coast in early March. (Officially still waiting on orders) He knows a husband and wife living out there that have a two bedroom apartment and offered him the second room. No charge for rent!

They do pay for electricity. Other utilities are included in their rent. If the electricity jumps with my husbands phone charging and computer use he will pay the difference. He will buy his own foods and hopefully some snacks to share! Maybe he can carpool and drive with one or both them. That would help them save on fuel.

I'm relieved. It makes the process of moving much easier. I'm a little hesitant though. I don't know that letting another person stay in your apartment is really allowed without authorization by the complex. I also wonder how long the couple will really want my husband there. I think the wife travels quite a bit, so maybe that will help.

Depending on how it all shakes out, I think we owe them something. A nice gift card or gift to show our appreciation for their hospitality. I'm open to ideas!

In other news, I redeemed more Swagbucks for a $25 PayPal deposit. That will go to those two credit cards I'm working on!

So tell me, how would you show your appreciation to someone who lets your stay with them rent free for several months?



7 Responses to “Free Rent”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That is a really nice deal!

    I stayed in NEs apartment for a bit over 2 months without him notifying anyone. I was a bit worried about it myself, but nothing happened. Where I live now, they do have a clause in the lease about "visitors" staying more than 7 days I think. So maybe have the couple check with management to be sure?

    Is your DH a really good cook? Or maybe has good mechanical skills or something else like that? IOW have him use whatever skills he has that might make life easier/better/save money for the couple letting him stay there.

  2. scottish girl Says:

    That's really nice. I like the gift card idea.c

  3. VS_ozgirl Says:

    The gift card idea plus some ways of helping out sounds like a really nice way to say thank you

  4. chloe Says:

    Even if they are offering free rent, I might insist upon paying a little something towards the rent each month. Even a token amount to show how much you appreciate their generosity. If they had kids, I would offer free babysitting, but that doesn't seem to be the case Smile
    I know at one of my previous apartment complexes, guest staying longer than a week had to be cleared with the front office. I think it was a liability thing or something? They just wanted to know who was actually staying in the apartment and was more of a formality. Since I doubt your husband would be considered a problem tenant/guest, I would think they would be okay with it. It should all be spelled out in the lease agreement. If your husband isn't paying them anything, it wouldn't be considered a sub-let, so it would be less likely to cause problems. Hmmm -- that might be one argument for NOT giving them anything towards the rent but offering a gift/giftcard instead.

  5. Looking Forward Says:

    That's great!
    I say cooking or providing dinner (takeout, delivery or giftcard) a few times each month would be a really nice way to show appreciation.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    What a great deal.

    I think a gift card or gift certificate to somewhere they like to shop or eat and of course a handwritten thank you.

  7. creditcardfree Says:

    The couple ARE cooks in the military so...they probably don't want my husband cooking, but groceries maybe would help!

    Yes, rob62521, there will be a handwritten thank you note!! That is a lost art isn't it?

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