“My in-laws are refusing to pay over £700 owed on the holiday bill – I’m furious.”

A family was left with a £750 bill after their in-laws decided to give up their booked room in the flat to stay in separate accommodation – now the wife doesn’t want to leave

Couple with an elderly couple having dinner
They all wanted to go on vacation together (stock photo)

Holidays with the in-laws can be a very special experience when the grandparents spend quality time with their children.

From building sandcastles together on the beach to grabbing ice cream and making memories, it should be a magical weekend or week for everyone involved.

However, one woman’s family vacation experience has gone sour as her in-laws refuse to pay the money they owe on accommodation.

She took to Mumsnet to vent her frustration after her mother-in-law decided to book separate accommodation without telling them and expecting them to pay the bill for the now vacant room.

They had all decided to go on holiday together earlier this year, with the poster’s father, who is also on good terms with his in-laws.

The in-laws refuse to pay (stock photo)


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The anonymous woman said: “Husband and I are on good terms with his parents (mother and stepfather). They live in Cornwall, we go down regularly, they come to London to see us etc. They are kind, generous, very hands on with our children etc.

“In March MIL found 5 accommodation options and sent them to us saying we can choose from them, they don’t mind. We settled on a 4 bed apartment, consulted everyone and I booked and paid (£2400) with all of us agreeing to share the cost (40% us, 30/30% parents).”

Weeks later, the family traveled to Cornwall to see the in-laws, but the woman’s husband and stepfather had a heated debate and disagreement, which angered the mother-in-law.

She continued, “Without consulting us, MIL booked separate accommodation for July and said she needed ‘someplace to go when things get going during our holiday’. She also decided without discussion that what we booked wasn’t big enough.

“When asked she explained that they would not pay their share of the one I had already booked. This will add around £750 to our holiday bill without consultation. I am angry. None of them seem to find that bad since we are “using an extra bedroom”. I don’t need an extra bedroom – our kids are 5 and 2 sharing.”

The move has made her reluctant to go on holiday unless her husband’s parents pay their share.

Others on the forum were shocked by the mother-in-law’s actions, branding them “outrageous”.

Someone said: “Cancel the holiday. It’s bound to be a disaster. She committed and backed off leaving you out of the bag. The result is no vacation with her grandchildren.”

Another wrote: “I’m afraid I would cancel. It’s a lot of money suddenly added when you’ve probably been budgeting. I would book a smaller space for you and your father. It is up to you whether you include them in your planning, but you don’t want to feel uneasy about your holiday anticipation. Very childish behavior.”

“Your mother-in-law is wrong here. She sounds thoughtless and I would cancel the holiday,” replied one poster.

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