Fire destroyed my apt with fire .it was evacuated and boarded by fire Dept. Landlord promised all the tenants after rebuilding we could have our homes back. He then sold property after rebuilding. Every week for a full year he promised us we could return. He sold and now the rent is three times the amount it was when fire destroyed it.
Under applicable law, including Ciivl Code Section 1933, and the language of many leases, a fire resulting in the destruction of the unit terminates the rental agreement and tenancy.
If the landlord rebuilds the landlord normally has no legal obligation to offer the new units to the former tenants.
If the landlord made you some kind of promise, it might or might not be enforceable, depending on such factors as whether he received any money or other consideration for the promise, and whether the terms of the promise were sufficiently definite to be enforced (e.g. what was said about the terms of the new tenancies, including the rent and duration).
And, even if there was an enforceable promise, there would be issues as to what your recoverable damages would be. For example, if he didn't specifically say what the new rent would be, it is not clear that you would have any recoverable damages, because he would be free to charge the rent now being charged for the new units.
If you want to explore this further, you could talk to a local real estate litigation attorney.
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