Spring Hill, FL asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Employment Law for Florida

Q: Can I be compensated in Florida from my phone company/apartments for causing missed time from my work from home job

I moved into an apartment complex that requires you to use their internet/phone company. I have a work from home job taking inbound calls. In three weeks living here, I have missed nearly 40 hours of work from phone outages due to no fault of my own. Am I able to somehow seek compensation for lost wages from the rental management company? Please help. I live in Florida and have all necessary documentation

1 Lawyer Answer
Griffin Klema
Griffin Klema
  • Tampa, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Probably not, unless there is some document indicating that (1) you can operate a business from your apartment (this is frequently prohibited by the condo/apartment building), and that (2) the owner/condo agreed to provide the internet service with certain guarantees or warranties about up-time. The damages you're talking about are called "economic" damages, and that presents a further hurdle to your claim (i.e. they're not direct damages, which would likely be the value of the internet service lost as a result of the down time).

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