If your home is wholly or partially uninhabitable due to the actions of your landlord, then you stand a good chance of recovering damages. If the circumstances force you to move out for 2 months, you do not have to pay rent for those 2 months because you will be paying rent elsewhere. You may choose to argue that moving expenses or greater rent prices during your flight are compensable damages. It sounds like the landlord has offered to release tenants from their leases as a means of mitigating any damages he has caused. You may also choose to argue the landlord's actions have terminated your lease. Since the landlord previously allowed tenants to break the lease and move without penalty, this offer may be a way out with possible compensation for your moving expenses. You have many options, so contact a local real estate attorney to help, if the landlord refuses to work with you.
If your home is uninhabitable, wholly or partially, the LL must abate rent during the time it is wholly or partially uninhabitable.
That means that if you cannot live there for 2 months, you do not have to pay rent for 2 months, allowing you to pay to stay somewhere else. That does not mean your lease is terminated. The lease would be in full effect once the unit is ok to live in again.
Your LL previously allowed Tenants to break the lease and move out with no penanlty. It seems likely that the offer still stands.
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