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not an AIBU but an update (aibu to be suspicious of landlord MIL)

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SmellsLikeTeenStrop Mon 06-May-13 15:40:46

I promised I would update so here it is.

original thread

Readers digest version. MIL is our landlord, really rubbish one who breaks the law by not maintaining the boiler at all. We had a sort of agreement to buy this house from her when we could afford to but when we got to that point she kept putting off, making excuses.

We've bought a house, moving this weekend. When DH told MIL she had another screaming tantrum and could not believe what we're doing to her. She's currently not speaking to us.

MoreBeta nailed the situation in his first post of that thread. The mortgage on this house is large, none of the capital has been paid off and she did expect us to take on responsibility for her debts of which this house has seen absolutely no benefit from.

AKissIsNotAContract Mon 06-May-13 16:59:06

I remember your thread. Thanks for the update. So will your mil sell the house now or rent it to someone else.

You definitely did the right thing.

Kundry Mon 06-May-13 17:00:53

Congratulations on your new house and baby - and standing up to your MIL. A huge thing for your DH, he must be so sad. He's lucky to have you.

Bobyan Mon 06-May-13 17:06:30

You dodged that bullet!

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Mon 06-May-13 17:07:24

She's not speaking to you?


I am very glad you are out of there.

Don't let her make her debts your problem.

travailtotravel Mon 06-May-13 17:13:30

Ah superb! I am glad you updated. How did you survive the winter in the other house with the dodgy boiler or did you move out?

SmellsLikeTeenStrop Mon 06-May-13 17:15:17

Apparently she's going to sell it and keep all the money from the sale. Because obviously people are going to pay full market value for a house that needs a new central heating system, kitchen, bathroom, windows etc hmm

RandomMess Mon 06-May-13 17:21:06

Glad to hear the good news - all of it wink

SmellsLikeTeenStrop Mon 06-May-13 17:21:13

We survived the winter.

We didn't move out, haven't yet, will have on Saturday.

Inertia Mon 06-May-13 17:26:54

So glad there's a happy ending- thanks for the update and congrats on your new baby, new house and DH who was able to see sense!

Xiaoxiong Mon 06-May-13 17:33:29

Smells I'm not surprised. When DH went through something with FIL, with similar emotional fallout, he actually posted on MN in his own right and got great advice and also went to talk to a counsellor (through work). Just one session was enough, but it helped him massively. He said MN was really helpful as it was neutral (I couldn't talk about it without getting angry, his family and friends were useless as they tried to be peacemakers). I hope he'll consider it flowers

pickledginger Mon 06-May-13 17:33:55

I remember. I'm so happy for you. You'll have your own home and be beholden to no-one. Except the bank grin, but they're legally obliged to stick to your agreement.

Good luck with the move.

SquinkiesRule Mon 06-May-13 18:24:25

Well done on getting your own place. Congrats on the new baby.
Let her strop. She acted shamefully.

SugarPasteGreyhound Mon 06-May-13 18:27:50

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inabeautifulplace Mon 06-May-13 18:40:53

Congrats for your little boy and for sorting out your own home. Within months, your MIL will be spending piles of cash on that house. Guaranteed sad

redexpat Mon 06-May-13 18:41:40

I remember the orignal thread! Well done OP. Thanks for updating. And congratulations thanks

SmellsLikeTeenStrop Mon 06-May-13 18:48:00

thank you smile I'm sure we will be happy.

inabeautifulplace, I wouldn't be surprised if she did that. She has other rental homes, she must have money put aside for repairs.

MousyMouse Mon 06-May-13 18:52:20

all the best, hope you have a smooth move!

AwkwardSquad Mon 06-May-13 18:56:19

I remember your thread too, I was aghast. Well done to you and your DH for getting yourselves out of a horrible situation.

Jux Mon 06-May-13 19:21:26

Yes, I remember too.

Congrats on the boy as well! thanks

glad you're going to be warm next winter.

ChasedByBees Mon 06-May-13 20:19:11

Fantastic news! Hope the winter wasn't too difficult.

DontmindifIdo Mon 06-May-13 20:26:17

oh I remember you too. Yes, she was always going to find the money in order to get market value/rent it out again. She always could have done this for you, but because you didn't make her, she was happy to not do. She saw you as tenants she could screw over because you're family - she really didn't care about your physical safety, so don't care about her financial situation.

and if she really thought she could get full value without spending any money on it then she wouldn't be angry, she'd just sell it - she's only angry because she knows it's not worth it.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Mon 06-May-13 20:29:31

Do see if you can get a gas engineer to condemn the boiler, Friday would be a good day. Force her hand a little.

claudedebussy Mon 06-May-13 21:00:33

she'll have to sell. she won't be able to rent it out in that condition.

well done for having the balls to stand up to her. unbelievable!!

iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Mon 06-May-13 21:12:23

Thank you so so much for updating. You are a gold star MumsNetter. thanks thanks. We LOVE UPDATES grin

I clearly remember your thread - i posted on it I can't believe you started it last August! It was memorable because of how receptive you were to everyone's advice and also because you sounded so sensible and rational despite the crazy frootloop MIL

I am really pleased that you finally are getting your own home.

Hopefully, things will settle down between you MIL and DH.

EglantinePrice Mon 06-May-13 21:12:27

Congratulations! I remember your OP.

Enjoy your new home (so glad you moved out)

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