270. Effect on rent of damage by fire.

In the absence of express stipulation, the destruction of the premises by fire does not necessarily suspend the tenant's liability to pay rent1. This is so notwithstanding that there is a covenant to repair by the tenant which contains an express exception of damage by fire2. Where the landlord has the duty to insure, whether by covenant or as a matter of practice, the lease often contains a proviso for suspending the rent while the premises are uninhabitable by reason of fire