My brother is an electrician in Wisconsin. He's been unemployed for the last 1.5 months, and the union won't have more work for him until possibly March. If he hadn't just built a new 2-car garage, he'd have plenty of savings and it wouldn't be a problem. The union suggested that there might be work in other areas of the US if he were willing to travel. He checked the local down here, and sure enough, they have plenty of work. So he's on his way. He could be here until some time in March, but it could be as long as late Spring/early Summer before he is needed back in Wisco.
If you remember from a previous post, my wife and I bought a house this fall, and it has WAY more room than we need, so of course we said he could stay with us. We'll set him up in the 2nd bedroom, and he will have near-exclusive access to the 2nd bathroom. I've even made room in the garage for his car, and will have bike parking for him, too. He has already offered to do needed electrical repairs around the house as part of his 'rent'. Neither of us wants to make it a true landlord/tenant relationship, as we don't want to risk souring our familial relationship. At the same time, neither one wants to feel like we're taking advantage of the other.
I'm willing to play it by ear. We know our electric usage will go up a bit, which will mean a higher bill. Our water usage will go up, but the bill should remain the same (when we were watering our lawn daily during the summer, our bill only went up $10). Our gas bill might go up a bit, due to heating more water for showers, etc. The only other 'shared utility' we'll have is internet, and I'm not going to quibble over his bandwidth usage. Hell, we've got a spare FreedomPop hotspot with quite a bit of bandwidth available that he can use if it becomes an issue.
I understand that he's doing this to support his family, and that the vast majority of his income will be sent back home, but at the same time, we're losing the use of a room and a bathroom. But I'm gaining access to NFL Sunday Ticket and HBO GO (he has DirecTV).
If you were in my situation, what would you do?