I recently worked with a client who moved to Los Angeles from Nashville, Tennessee to take a job as a consultant. In order to fulfill the requirements of the consulting position she needed high speed internet at the apartment she was to lease. In searching for an apartment, she was told a particular set of facts and circumstances regarding the availability of high speed internet in her building from other tenants and a handyman, who assured her that if the unit didn’t have it already, she could get it.
However the lease that she was to sign did not specifically ensure internet access. Instead, it said, “Landlord is only responsible for installing and maintaining one usage telephone jack and one telephone line to the premises. Tenant shall pay any cost for conversion from existing utilities service provider.”