I share Bill's skepticism. I answered some of your previous questions about your buying a home and not having a satisfactory home inspection. Now you have a lease?
I'm not a lawyer, so what follows is not legal advice.
However . . .
You say you had a lease. In fact you say it twice. That means a document signed by all appropriate parties. So--if you had a lease, it's enforceable on both parties. The landlord would need a legitimate reason--one specified in the lease such as your having provided incorrect information--to void a lease. Or, if the lease were contingent on a satisfactory background or credit check and yours was not satisfactory, then the lease would be void.
So, you have to read the terms of your lease and understand why the landlord was cancelling your lease.
You ask what damages you might be able to recover. Well, let's say you have to spend a week in a motel while you find another lease, the extra cost of staying in a motel could constitute damages. Basically--and again this is not legal advice--expenses you incurred as a direct result of the actions of the landlord could be defined as damages.
Hope that helps.
You were going to buy the house with the inspection problems and close on the 22nd.
You applied for the lease after things went bad on the house purchase and now don't have anyplace to stay...but you have over 2 weeks to find a place. So, not really homeless but inconvenienced.
This is a forum for advice. I gave it: Tenant Resource Center. Assuming that you have an actual lease signed by you and the Landlord. They give free legal advice, 2nd and 3rd year law students, very tenant-oriented. I am not sure you recognize good advice when it is presented.
Never pretended to be an attorney...as you so rudely stated.
John J Mondello Jr, Realtor
"I find the house, you make it home."
I am not attorney, nor are you, so and the purpose of this site is to ask questions and get advice from helpful professionals. Most people aren't aware of the legalities of contracts and the consequences!
Bill, please stop responding to my posts. You aren't helpful and are condescending. Many of us have been through this with you before.
You have come here looking for advice on contracts before when you were confused, a pattern is developing.
Funny how you were supposed to close on June 22 on the new house but are suddenly homeless on June 6th. So strange...
Did you sign a lease? Do you have a copy? You should contact the Tenant Resource Center.
1202 Williamson Street
Madison, WI 53703-4830
Is this for real? It was just a day or two ago you were inspecting a house and the deal fell through. How is it possible that you were going to close on that house in time to move in and simultaneously you were applying for a duplex to move in to today?
The timeline seems a little fishy.