A landlord has been hailed online after selling his home and sharing the proceeds with his former tenants who helped to clear his mortgage.
Chris Robarge, from Massachusetts, revealed on Facebook he had got a note and a $2,500 (£1,800) cheque out of the blue from a former landlord, whose name he didn’t share.
In the heartfelt note, the unnamed landlord said he’d been happy to share his home with Chris and explained how he’d calculated the cheque’s total, and he said that he’d calculated the amount of principal he paid each month he lived there, split it by who was living in the house at the time and added 40 per cent, the increase in value of the home from when he purchased it.
Other social media users were left overcome by the post, with several saying it had left them in a torrent of tears.
Sharing a snap of the note online, Chris wrote that a person he had previously rented from asked him for his current address recently, and that this person had rented him a space in their house that was the first place he could call home when he had to leave his house after he got divorced.
He said that he paid a completely reasonable sum of money for his accommodations and enjoyed his time there, and like all rental situations, he thought that was that.
He said he’d got the note in the mail, adding that it was a letter from that person, notifying him that they’d sold their house and that they were paying him and every tenant they ever had for what they contributed to the profit they made from selling the house.
The letter read, that while it wasn’t much, it was his, and that it was a great house and that they were glad they were able to share it with him, and he said that he’d been sitting with this for more than a day and was still totally beyond an actual way to express what the act meant to him.
And that all he could say was that there are people who talk about their values and there are people who live them, and the reason he wanted to share was that he wanted to encourage people to live their values, and he said that the simple act of kindness had inspired his own, adding he would give away the $2,000 to worthy causes and people in need.
Of course, it was the person’s money to do with as he wanted, and it’s not often that you get anything back from a landlord, which was incredibly considerate, and hopefully, they all said thank you.
I do love stories like this because it really does restore one’s faith in humanity, and there’s always one kind of person that sits above the crowd, and this landlord is one of them, but I’m guessing these were extremely respectful renters.
It’s not often that a landlord will find good tenants, and if you do find a set of good tenants, then you should look after them and treat them like gold dust, and had there been more people like this person, we might have lived in a far happier and more gracious society.
Although I’m sure some will read this and have some pretty cruel and negative comments going through their minds, they might even express them, but it’s just nice that someone is given a break from time to time.