Chris Robarge, who resides in Massachusetts in the United States, shared a letter and a check of $2,500 (about £1,800) that he got from his previous landlord, in which the landlord said that he was “happy to share” the cash.
The following is an excerpt from the letter: “As you are probably aware, I sold the home not too long ago and as you were a renter at the property, a portion of the rent you paid each month went toward the principle of my mortgage.
I made an effort to keep the rent at a level that was comparable to the monthly costs of maintaining the residence” (mortgage principal, mortgage interest, taxes, insurances, utilities, improvements).
“I wanted to return to you that percentage of the rent you paid despite the fact that the mortgage principle, particularly in the initial years of a mortgage, is a tiny proportion of those total costs.
“Even if it isn’t very much, it is yours! It was a wonderful home, and I’m grateful that we were able to spend some time there together.”
Chris posted the letter on his Facebook page and wrote in the post, “I have been sitting with this for more than a day and I am still completely beyond an actual way to describe what this act means to me.”
“I can only say that there are people who talk about their values and there are people who actually live them, and i want all of us to actually live our values. Do it when no one is looking, do it when the clock isn’t ticking, and do it all the time.”