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Asked in Arizona, United States |

Feb 2, 2024
loss of business due to the construction Tucson, Arizona

I've got a bit of a situation and I'm hoping you can give me some advice. I'm reaching out from Tucson, Arizona, and to be honest, I'm kind of at my wit's end here. You see, I started a small coffee shop, "Desert Brews," right in the heart of downtown, not too far from the Tucson Museum of Art. It's been my dream for the longest time, and finally seeing it come to life was nothing short of amazing. Business was picking up, the locals loved it, and I felt like I was really contributing something special to the community.

However, things took a turn when the city started this massive construction project on the road right outside my shop, we're talking about 6th Avenue, right at the intersection near the Joel D. Valdez Main Library. It's been months, and the noise, dust, and general chaos have significantly driven my customers away. I've tried reaching out to the city for some kind of compensation or at least an expedited timeline, but I'm getting the runaround.

On top of that, I signed a lease agreement without fully understanding the implications of a clause that essentially leaves me with no reduction in rent or compensation for situations like this. I guess I was naive, but now I'm stuck paying full rent for a space that's barely accessible.

I've heard that there might be legal avenues to explore, either against the city for the loss of business due to the construction or with my landlord regarding the lease situation. But honestly, I'm not sure where to start, what my rights are, or if I even have a leg to stand on legally speaking.

So, I'm turning to you in hopes of getting some clarity. What options do I have? Is there a way to seek compensation for the loss of business or renegotiate my lease terms under these circumstances? Any advice or direction you can provide would be a lifeline right now.

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