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‘My in-laws are refusing to pay over £700 they owe from the holiday bill – I’m livid’

A family have been left with a £750 bill after their in-laws decided to give up their booked room in the apartment to stay in separate accommodation – now the wife no longer wants to go

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They were all going on holiday together (stock photo)

Holidays with the in-laws can be a truly special experience, with grandparents getting to spend quality time with their children.

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

However, one woman’s family holiday experience has turned sour with her in-laws refusing to pay the money they owe for the accommodation.

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

They had all decided to go on holiday together earlier this year, with the addition of the poster’s dad, who gets on well with the in-laws, too.

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The anonymous woman said: “Husband and I get on well with his parents (mum and stepdad). They live in Cornwall, we go down regularly, they come up to London to see us etc. They are lovely, generous, very hands-on with our kids etc.

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

Weeks later, the family went to Cornwall to see the in-laws, but the woman’s husband and his stepdad had a heated debate and disagreement that left the mother-in-law upset.

She continued: “Without consulting us MIL booked separate accommodation for July, saying she needs ‘somewhere to go should things kick off whilst we are on holiday’. She also decided without discussion that what we had booked is not big enough.

“When asked, she stated they would not pay their share of the one I’d already booked. This leaves us with £750-ish added to our holiday bill without any consultation. I am livid. Neither of them seem to think this is bad since we are ‘getting use of an extra bedroom’. I don’t need an extra bedroom – our kids are 5 and 2 and will share.”

The move has led to her no longer wanting 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 as ‘outrageous’.

Someone said: “Cancel the holiday. It’s bound to be a disaster. She has committed and pulled out leaving you out of pocket. The consequence is no holiday with her grandchildren.”

Another wrote: “I’d cancel I’m afraid. It’s a lot of money to have suddenly added when presumably you have budgeted. I’d book a smaller place for you and your Dad. Whether you still include them in your plans is up to you, but you don’t want bad feeling on your looking forward to holiday. Very childish behaviour.”

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

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