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Do I as the landlord have the right to refuse to pay hotel

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Do I as the landlord have the right to refuse to pay for a hotel while emergency repairs are made to the rented property? The tenant said I had to pay for a hotel while crews are running equipment to dry out the rental property due to a leak that went unnoticed until the water had leaked under the wood flooring and through the slab into the underground garage.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  Barrister replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is ***** ***** I will try my level best to help with your situation or get you to someone who can.


If the property is uninhabitable while the work is being done, then yes, you would have to provide alternate accommodations while the work is being done. The landlord has a legal duty under the lease to provide a habitable dwelling and if the property is uninhabitable due to the work, that would be a breach of the landlord's duty under the contract and they would have to provide alternated housing until the property was inhabitable again.


As an aside, in addition to being an attorney, I have also been a landlord for over 26 years...





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