A former tenant has been left feeling pretty emotional and completely stunned after his ex-landlord sent him a check for his shares in the house after selling it.
The landlord asked Chris Robarge, from Worcester, Massachusetts, for his current address. At first, Robarge was hesitant as he felt it was a strange request so long after renting the property. However, a few days after giving him the information, Robarge received a check for $2,500.
The landlord sent the check with a letter explaining that he had sold his house for a substantial amount and wanted to give back to his tenants a share of their contribution to the mortgage, which ultimately led to him paying the house off in full.
After receiving the letter, Robarge shared it via Facebook post, explaining that he started renting the house after divorcing his wife. He recalled that it was the first place he could call home after going through a difficult time.
Robarge wrote: "It's a letter from that person, informing me that they sold their house and that they were paying me and every tenant they ever had for what we contributed to the profit they made from selling the house."
He was beyond shocked. "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. All that I can say is that there are people who talk about their values and there are people who actually live them, and the reason I wanted to share this is that I want to encourage us all to actually live our values," he wrote, adding that he asked permission from his landlord before he shared the post.
The landlord wrote a letter explaining why he wanted to give back...
"I recently sold the house and the rent you paid each month contributed to paying off the mortgage. I firmly believe the capitalist tradition of retaining money after the sale of a property is exploitative and antithetical to society. I wanted to return to you the portion of the rent you paid," the landlord reasoned. He concluded, "It was a great house and I'm glad that I was able to share it with you."
Robarge plans to keep just $500 to do work on his car, and the rest he is giving to charity.
"I am giving away the rest of the money. I want this good deed to reach as far as possible. I have already given $500 to Black and Pink Massachusetts, I'm going to fill every Worcester Free Fridge, I'm making a donation to OurStory Edutainment, and I'm going to give some money out in the streets to people who need it. If you can't do what my former landlord did, let this inspire you to give whatever you can spare to someone or someplace that needs it," he concluded.
Many praised the landlord for his act of kindness...
Lin Wilcox wrote: "This made me cry. We have been through some heart-wrenching times these past few months from deaths to suicides job loss etc. I could not get people to pay me that they owed me and out of the blue, a pastor friend brought us 500 inside a Thanksgiving card. We were close to being homeless. It saved us. I intend to pay it forward as well." To which Robarge replied, "This is it. This is how all the best things happen for people, and all it takes."
Another person commented, "Wonderful surprise! There are still some caring people in the world!"
What an amazing act of kindness!