Implied Warranty Of Habitability

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DEFINITION

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

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.




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