A tenant's pursuit of lost wages

Malfunctioning door is a burden, but is landlord liable?

Q: Recently the garage door of the home I rent got stuck and I couldn’t get my car out of the garage to get to work. I missed part of my job and I asked my landlord to reimburse me for lost wages. She said she doesn’t have to. Is that true? I work on an hourly salary, so I wanted to bill her for the lost hours.

A: I would side with your landlord unless the garage door got stuck because of an ongoing failure of the landlord to properly maintain the garage door. The reality of life is that things in any home or apartment will break. It is unfortunate, but if this was not a recurring problem then there is no way the landlord could have known it was going to happen.