I just took a new job and my company requires me to work from a home
office. I'm living in a very expensive area, and a larger apartment puts
me under a lot of financial pressure. Can't I get paid for the added
You're asking whether telecommuters who need larger apartments or homes
than otherwise (so they can accommodate a suitable home office area) should
be reimbursed by the employer. Companies generally don't pay the cost
difference between a smaller and larger apartment to accommodate a home
office. You'd think it would make sense to do so, but the fact is that
getting into that kind of subsidy for personal living space can be pretty
complicated - for tax, administrative, and other reasons.
Your best, and perhaps only, recourse is to concentrate on doing a very
good job (which you probably are) so that you have some leverage in 3-4
months to go to the boss and try to negotiate for something to cushion
these expenses. It may be a one-time stipend, may be an off-cycle raise,
or whatever - but at least try for something.