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Landlady and DM/MIL one and the same

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TeenyW123 Fri 26-Apr-13 08:37:01

That's me.

My son and his partner found out they were expecting a baby last summer. They did the rounds trying to find somewhere to live - council waiting list was 6 months plus, private rentals were either slums, or if they found a house with potential, it was gone in a flash every time they enquired or tried to put in an offer.

To cut a long story short, my husband and I bought them a house they liked, in an area that wasn't too bad. They have signed a rental agreement and although we are proper landlords, we are also their family.

6 months down the line, they have turned the house into a slum. I went today to pick up my 5 1/2 month old grandchild and the floors are covered in bits (a dog that chews everything), there isn't a kitchen surface without dirty crocks, pots and pans - actually, you can't see the kitchen unit surfaces at all, and the stuff is so yuk and dried on it could be up to 2 weeks old! The toilet is absolutely minging, likewise the bathroom sink. These are my observations just from walking through the house to the toilet, not poking or moving things at all.

If DiL had worked before having the baby she would be on ML now, and I know how hard it is with a small baby. The general consensus on MN is that the housework can go b*gger itself, but I consider the state of the house to be bordering on a health hazard - salmonella and e.coli from the food lying around, cockroaches and rats ditto.

I've had a look through the tenancy agreement and apart from keeping the glass clean inside and out and general maintenance etc there's nothing specific about cleanliness and hygiene. I am, however, aware that a landlord's inspection is not unreasonable, and I could use it to highlight my concerns and use it to get the place decent.

BUT, they obviously don't see a problem with the way they live. I've been to DiL's parent's house and while it was slightly better than the rented house, it's still way below my standards. And I'm not a very house proud person; each household job, e.g. vacuuming and dusting is done approx once a week, kitchen sorted every 1 or 2 days, just enough to keep on top of it. It isn't that hard, and I'm a bit of a slob too!

How do I handle it so I don't upset (hardly) anyone?


Bobyan Fri 26-Apr-13 16:38:07

Great news, you sound a lovely mil by the way!

olgaga Fri 26-Apr-13 16:44:11

Oh that's great Teeny, second the bit about being a lovely mum/mil!

(and landlord!) grin

theoriginalandbestrookie Fri 26-Apr-13 16:53:02

I'm glad when you said that your DGC is hale and hearty. That's the key in all of this. Also delighted it seems to be sorted for now.

It must be a hard role being both Land Lady and Grandmother and there is a difference between being a bit messy and not keeping the house in a hygenic state.I think you just have to accept they have different standards and as long as there is nothing that is actively hazardous to your DGC turn a bit of a blind eye.

It sounds like you are already providing quite a lot of support by looking after your DGC in the afternoons and the once a week overnight stay.

LIZS Fri 26-Apr-13 19:22:39

Hopefully they'll prioritise him for now and get into better habits.

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