The landlord refuses to compensate the tenant for hotel accommodation, splitting the Internet

The internet was torn apart as the landlord refused to compensate the tenant while they were staying in a hotel room.

Posted on Reddit’s r/AmITheA** hole forum, property owner with an anonymous username u/SheHadaStaycation shared his story to receive feedback from the ‘AITA’ community. The viral post has over 7,000 upvotes and 2,000 comments.

The Redditor began his story by saying that they rented an extra bedroom to a woman for $800 a month. The original poster (OP) wrote how they work for the same company but hardly see each other because they have different working hours.

One day, the hot water heater broke and the people guaranteeing the house couldn’t get to their homes for a few days, so the OP and their roommate We’ll have to deal with cold water for a few days. When the owner texted his roommate about the situation, she responded with a thumbs up.

Non-payment by the landlord for the tenants room in the hotel
In a viral post on Reddit’s r/AmITheA**hole forum, the internet was left in tatters as the owner refused to pay for the renter’s hotel room.
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The OP said, “I haven’t seen her all weekend, which is normal, like I said. The guy got here at 8am to fix the heater. When he finished, I texted her to let her hot water back. She hit me with this gem.” The hotel bill was $250. do you want that fulfill me Now or deduct it from next month’s rent? I stared at the text for a long time. I didn’t even know she was gone. Got a hotel room for hot water only? That’s too extra.”

“You could have showered at work, but she got a hotel room? She texted ‘Hey, I didn’t know you left.'” The rent is still due in full on the first of the month, regardless of whether you choose to sleep somewhere else for the weekend. She texted me “There was no water. I couldn’t stay there. You are the landlord and you have to provide me places to live.” I texted “There was water, but not hot. If it was winter, you might have a point. Rent is still due in full. Failure to pay rent will result in a court filing, which will affect your credit,” they continued.

The tenant stopped responding after the landlord texted. When they asked their friend about it, they said the OP was “too tough” and they should have allowed a discount.

NEWSWEEK I reached out to u/SheHadaStaycation for comment.

Most countries have laws about Tenant A place of residence / residence. According to, livable dwellings must meet basic requirements including a roof that protects against bad weather, adequate hot water, reliable heat, strong floors and walls that do not collapse, protection from unwanted intrusion, and free from environmental hazards. Like lead and mold. This is also called an implied warranty of habitability.

If the landlord does not give the tenants a viable place to live, this allows the tenants to withhold rent, sue the landlord, break the lease or pay compensation themselves, and then deduct the cost from the rent.

Reddit users took to the comments section to write their opinions about the OP’s situation.

“[Everyone sucks here]. You need to know your responsibility as an owner. You need to talk to you before expecting to pay for the hotel. You both need to learn how to communicate,” wrote u/IAmHerdingCatz, receiving the highest comment of over 11,000 upvotes.

“[Everyone sucks here]. You don’t mind a cold shower. That’s fine, but it’s disgusting to assume that your tenant feels the same way. It sucks for being passive aggressive around $250,” u/Embarrassed-Sweet905 said.

U/Bosscat727 defended the OP, writing “[Not the a**hole]. Water was available. You don’t owe her anything for this hotel. Nobody ordered her to get a $250 room.”

“[Not the a**hole!] Didn’t you force her to take a hotel room and there was water? And it wasn’t your fault that the water didn’t work so I don’t blame you. And you weren’t with her at the hotel, so why pay. You should get a new roommate who screams trouble,” u/Lixnca yelled.

“You need to be aware of and comply with the terms of the rental agreement and local laws. Assuming you do, a reasonable offer would have been a pro-rata reduction in rent. Say, three days (or about $80). This would have admitted the problem, and that was fair, and it probably defuses the situation.Instead, you now have a hostile roommate. [You’re the a**hole],” u/ The Tropical Diver explained.