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“That’s a different story,” replied Rabbi Dayan. “If he had other potential renters and turned them away on your account, this might be considered sufficiently direct damage [garmi] to require compensation [333:2; SM”A 333:8]. On the other hand, it is not actual damage, only lost profit [grama], so that is proper to compromise.” (Ketzos 333:2; Pischei Choshen, Sechirus 10:10)

“Thank you for clarifying the issue,” said Mr. Blank.

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