Would you move into a flat a friend had to move out of because rent became too high?

alarafan Forumite Posts: 173 Forumite
A friend's landlord in London has adjusted her rent upwards and she can now no longer afford it. It is in a nice quiet area and in a cachement area for a good school. It is a very nice flat and recently redecorated (that was the clue the landlord had plans for the place...) She is a single parent and has lived there for the whole of her daughter's life and is very upset at having to move out. She has been given a few months notice and it is all legal.
She is very upset at having to move out.

You need to move to that area because of a new job. You are a married couple and with your combined income earn more than her and can afford the prices and are willing to pay a premium for the area and the school cachement.

Would you move into that flat? If you were the friend moving out would you feel like your friend was rubbing you nose into it by moving in?

Would you move into the flat? 12 votes

Yes, I would
66% 8 votes
No, I would not
8% 1 vote
I am not sure
25% 3 votes


  • WhiteHorse
    WhiteHorse Forumite Posts: 2,492 Forumite
    The probability that it would cause resentment (and might even end the friendship), is extremely high. But that said, what can you do? Allow someone else sensibilities to dictate what you do? Sometimes perhaps, but there are limits.
    "Never underestimate the mindless force of a government bureaucracy
    seeking to expand its power, dominion and budget"
    Jay Stanley, American Civil Liberties Union.
  • JulieGeorgiana
    JulieGeorgiana Forumite Posts: 2,475
    Debt-free and Proud!
    Ask your friend how she would feel. Say you like the idea of living there, and wanted to know how she felt about it. if she is unconfortable, change the subject.

    Once you know how she feels you can make a more informed desision :D
    We spend money we don't have, on things that we don't need, to impress people we don't like. I don't and I'm happy!
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