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I've been dating my boyfriend for four years. We split everything 50/50, including utilities, groceries, and rent. But, recently, the living situation has changed. We both got new jobs and we are currently living downtown. My dad works in real estate, and he has several investment properties. He's letting me live in one of his properties rent-free but said that my boyfriend would have to pay him $600 a month for half of the rent. My dad is protective but is kind to my boyfriend. His reason for making my boyfriend pay rent is to be sure that my boyfriend is with me for me, and not a free place to live. The $600 a month is cheap. If my dad rented this apartment out to tenants, he would charge $2,100 a month for rent. So my boyfriend really has nothing to complain about. But he's furious about this. My boyfriend was mad and then came back and said he wanted me to pay $300-half of what my dad wanted him to pay. I said that's not how it works and that I should not have to pay anything. My dad is only charging him. He says that we have been splitting the rent for the past two years, so why would we stop now? What do you think I should do?
Should I Pay Half?
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