Release Him From The Deal

Renee has an uncle who bought a home for her to rent. She has an option to buy it, but now he's pressuring her to buy it. She isn't sure she wants to stay in it past the rental agreement.

QUESTION: Renee in Texas has an uncle who bought a home for her to rent. She’s been renting it for about a year. She has an option to buy it, but now he’s pressuring her to buy it. She isn’t sure she wants to stay in it past the rental agreement. Dave advises Renee to let her uncle out of this deal.

ANSWER: Why don’t you just offer to let him out of the deal and let him put it up for sale? He did you a favor and put you in it, and he didn’t know he was getting into the rental business. Let him out of the deal. Just say, “Listen. Put the house up for sale, and I’ll keep it clean and help you show it and help you get it sold. When you get it sold, you give me fair notice—30 days’ notice—and let me out of this deal, and I’ll go rent something else. Then you won’t be in the deal anymore. I’m sorry I got you into this.” Just let him out.

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