I recently purchased a unit at about the same time that an acquaintance from church needed to find a new place to live. She can only afford to pay AUD160 per week including utilities like water and electricity (normal rent for this area is about AUD200-250 plus a percentage of the utilities) as she is a student and works in a low-paying Christian job. I agreed as I figured that that it would be the Christian thing to do to help her out so that she could continue to work in her low-paying Christian job and also continue to live in the area.
When she inspected the unit she was a little annoyed but seemed to be ok about the fact that:
• Her room was empty (no wardrobe) and that she would need to acquire something to hang her clothes in/draws;
• I do not have internet (I work 5 days so use the internet at work or on my iphone - she is a student so understandably needs real access as opposed to iphone access to the internet)
The next day she contacted me and was distressed that I had given my car space to a friend and that she would not have access to use it. I admit that when we initially started talking (2 months ago) I had said that she could have access to the car space but the situation has changed. We both investigated and are unable to obtain a council parking permit (most of the parking nearby is restricted to a certain number of hours). The council advised us that she would either need to rent a car space (some rent for as little as AUD40 per week) or find unrestricted parking. She told me that she cannot afford to rent a car space. I drove around last night and was able to find some unrestricted streets near the building. I advised her of this today, she told me that she will go and look at the places that I found and get back to me as to whether she will actually move in or find someplace else to live.
Am I unreasonable? Should I tell the friend that uses my car space that my flatmate needs it? I just feel that I am subsidising her living a great deal and that she should not make me feel guilty about letting my other friend use the car space. I have also had an empty room for 2 months in anticipation of her moving in when I could have been getting rent from someone else. I even drove around the area looking for unrestricted parking.