I’ve lived in my home for almost two years now. Recently I split with my spouse and we’re in the process of getting a divorce. I’m keeping the house and it’s currently my sole form of income. I list two rooms in my house on airbnb. My uncle wants to come in September or October for 7-14 days. I would miss out on up to $1k in income if I let him stay free of charge.
As I’m writing this, I realize I have to have a conversation with him. My aunt and mother know I’m going through a divorce, but I haven’t told my uncle as this is a recent event and I wasn’t particularly keen on sharing that information with people.
Also my uncle and I aren’t very close. He sends a card every so often and random emails. He is a very active guy, and the last time we got together, he complained that our family isn’t active enough for him. So I know most of his time will be spent outdoors biking, hiking, and exploring. He also has friends in nearby cities he will visit. So most of his day he’ll be out and about.
I do have an additional room in my home that is on the second floor above the airbnb rooms. I could offer that room to him free of charge… but the floors are terrible and squeak and pop which would annoy my guests.
I know if other friends or family came, I would likely have them stay for free or negotiate a discount. They would spend most of their time with me, cook, and my mom would definitely give me money without me asking because that’s how she is.
Any suggestions on how approach this sensitively?