What are my rights regarding a loss of income during a temporary move out of my apartment?

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What are my rights regarding a loss of income during a temporary move out of my apartment?

I work out of my apartment as a customer service agent over the internet and on the phone. My building is going to be closed down and they are having all of us living here vacate and stay in a hotel, at their expense. Since I cannot work out of a hotel I had to arrange an unpaid leave of absence from my work. I have requested to the regional manager of my apartment building that I be compensated for the loss of income and am waiting for an answer. If they refuse to compensate me, what are my legal options in this situation?

Asked on October 12, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Nevada

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You don't have any recourse--your landlord is renting you a residence, not an office or commercial space, and so is not responsible for the fact that you choose to work from home (or have arranged with your employer to work from home) and cannot work from a hotel in the interim. That's because a person, including a landlord, is only liable for foreseeable losses, and it is not foreseeable that when you rent someone an apartment to live in that, that not only will they work from that apartment but be unable to work at any other location. Your loss of income is not, for this purpose, the sort of foreseeable loss that the landlord might be responsible for.


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