Implied Warranty Of Habitability

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Implied Warranty Of Habitability'

An unstated guarantee that a rental property meets basic living and safety standards. When a tenant rents an apartment, for example, an implied warranty of habitability means that the unit will have hot water, a working electrical system, heat in the winter, lockable doors and windows, a working toilet and smoke detectors, and be free of pests like roaches and rats, among other conditions.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Implied Warranty Of Habitability'

Local building codes outline the standards that rental units must meet. A landlord whose rental units do not meet these conditions is known as a slumlord. Tenants living in uninhabitable units have legal remedies to force landlords to meet their obligations.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Party Wall

    In real estate, a shared wall that separates housing units. Party ...
  2. Implied Warranty

    Under a sales contract, whether written or oral, there is a guarantee ...
  3. Nondisturbance Clause

    A type of clause in a mortgage contract. The nondisturbance clause ...
  4. Month-To-Month Tenancy

    A type of rental agreement. Month-to-month tenancy is based upon ...
  5. Security Deposit

    A monetary deposit given to a lender, seller or landlord as proof ...
  6. Residential Rental Property

    A type of property that derives more than 80% of its revenue ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. Can unearned rent be considered deferred revenue?

    Unearned rent can be considered deferred revenue from the perspective of a landlord or rental company, if that landlord or ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What are the three "nets" of an NNN lease?

    A triple net (NNN) lease is a type of real estate lease in which the tenant is responsible for paying the building's property ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What are the differences between single, double and triple-net leases?

    A net lease is a real estate lease in which the tenant pays, on top of his rent, one or more of the following expenses: property ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. Can you ask your landlord to remove a waiver of subrogation clause from your lease?

    You can ask your landlord to remove a waiver of subrogation clause, but you will both need to agree to its removal or the ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. Do landlords set up escrow accounts for their tenants' security deposits?

    Landlords must set up escrow accounts to hold tenants' security deposits if the accounts are required by the laws of the ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Is a waiver of subrogation clause better for a tenant or a landlord?

    A waiver of subrogation clause is good for both a tenant and a landlord. A waiver of subrogation is a two-way agreement in ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Personal Finance

    How A Bad Roommate Can Ruin Your Credit Score

    Living with someone can cut your expenses, but in addition to not doing the dishes, your roommate may do serious damage to your credit.
  2. Budgeting

    Take Advantage Of A Housing Crisis - Rent!

    When a housing crisis strikes, the big winners are often the renters.
  3. Personal Finance

    To Rent Or Buy? There's More To It Than Money

    Your lifestyle, level of commitment and the trade-offs need to be carefully weighed.
  4. Personal Finance

    6 Tips For Renting An Apartment

    Find out what you can do to find a fabulous apartment to fit your budget.
  5. Home & Auto

    Becoming A Landlord: More Trouble Than It's Worth?

    On the surface, being a landlord seems likes like a surefire bet, but it's usually more headache than it's worth.
  6. Retirement

    Are You Ready to Rent?

    If you think it's time to test your wings and leave your parents' nest, read on.
  7. Options & Futures

    Electrifying Apartment Bills: How To Reduce Them

    As a renter, there are still factors that can influence your heating and air conditioning bill.
  8. Insurance

    How to Use a Waiver of Subrogation

    A waiver of subrogation means that a party to a contract waives the right to allow someone (usually an insurance company) to sue the other party to the contract in case of a loss.
  9. Home & Auto

    The Income Property: Your Late-In-Life Retirement Plan

    You're nearing retirement age and you don't have the nest egg you need. Here's how an income property can help you make up the shortfall.
  10. Home & Auto

    5 Rental Red Flags

    Know what to look for before entering into a rental agreement.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Venture-Capital-Backed IPO

    The selling to the public of shares in a company that has previously been funded primarily by private investors. The alternative ...
  2. Merger Arbitrage

    A hedge fund strategy in which the stocks of two merging companies are simultaneously bought and sold to create a riskless ...
  3. Market Failure

    An economic term that encompasses a situation where, in any given market, the quantity of a product demanded by consumers ...
  4. Unsystematic Risk

    Company or industry specific risk that is inherent in each investment. The amount of unsystematic risk can be reduced through ...
  5. Security Market Line - SML

    A line that graphs the systematic, or market, risk versus return of the whole market at a certain time and shows all risky ...
  6. Tangible Net Worth

    A measure of the physical worth of a company, which does not include any value derived from intangible assets such as copyrights, ...
Trading Center