What is an implied warranty of habitability?
As a tenant, you have a right to a safe, decent, and sanitary place to live. The implied warranty of habitability is a legal duty imposed on residential landlords that a rental unit has to comply with State building and sanitary codes in order for people to live there. If a premise is in violation of these codes, and a tenant is injured, the landlord can be held liable for the injury under this implied warranty. It is not a warranty that can be waived.
Does this warranty extend to guests of tenants?
In Massachusetts, yes. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled in Scott v. Garfield, 454 Mass. 790 (2009), that guests of tenants could recover from landlords if they were injured on the tenant’s rented property. The Court found in favour of this because, logically, a tenant might invite a guest to his rented home, rented homes must be safe for guests to visit, and landlords have an obligation to maintain habitable premises for their tenants.
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