If a sub-lease was terminated by my landlord and the tenant is trying to sue for moving expenses, can they?

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If a sub-lease was terminated by my landlord and the tenant is trying to sue for moving expenses, can they?

We signed a contract that was later voided by our landlord under threat of eviction. The contract was voided 2 weeks after inception. A full refund for rent and construction costs was offered but the tenants refused saying they were owed for moving and a new lease. They used their personal vehicles in the move and they refuse to provide a receipt for expenses.

Asked on May 7, 2012 under Real Estate Law, North Carolina

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If the sub-lease that you had with your tenants was voided by the landlord, you are responsible to your tenants for all damages they incurred to make them whole with respect to the transaction including all out of pocket expenses including their moving expenses.

In order for your sub-tenants to prove their out of pocket expenses as damages they have to submit third party receipts for their move and the like. Their own time and expenses (with the exception of fuel) such as vehicles in the move do not equate to actual damages under the law.


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