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.

BREAKING DOWN '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.

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