Who actually does think that it's ok for him not to pay his rent..?
rudebwoy and cybicle seem pretty comfortable with the prospect. Maybe they'll be the first to chip in to pay off the debt and set up standing orders for future rent payments.
Not saying I have no empathy for the guy but EGF is very out of pocket through no fault of his own and it sounds like he will have to stump up more cash to put right the damage. Sad situation all round with no winners as far as I can see.