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For the past few years, I've maintained a home office for personal use (bookkeeping, tax filing, home computer, etc.) and for my rental business ( I own and manage a rental condo). I've never taken a home office deduction for any expenses related to the office.

Things are a little different now. Over the summer, I moved my personal business activities out of that office and now use it for the rental business and as a full time telecommuting employee.

Since becoming a home based telecommuter, I've noticed a significant increase in my utility bills and think that now may be the time to look into taking a home office deduction. My employer does not reimburse for the utility bills.

I read in the IRS publication, that I can only take the home office deduction as an employee, if telecommuting is a condition of my employment.
While the company's policy does not indicate that I would be fired if I refused to telecommute, it does say that now that I've become a telecommuter, that they will not guarantee that I will be allowed to come back as a "non-telecommuter" -so I'm thinking in that case, since they won't guarantee me space in the building, that I've now entered into a new "agreement" with them, that to be an employee of this company, it could require use of my home.

My point of view is obviously skewed since I want to take the deduction - but does my logic hold water?
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