Landlord Tenant Relationship

1693 Words7 Pages
BUS 311 Business Law I Landlord / Tenant Relationship Novenber 18, 2010 BUS 311: Landlord / Tenant Relationship Understanding landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities is critical for a successful relationship between two parties, whether in a residential or commercial environment. Both the landlord and the tenant have specific rights and also specific responsibilities. To understand the landlord – tenant relationship one must first understand the roles of each party and understand how the relationship is defined. The landlord, or lessor, is the owner of real property who willingly gives up his right to possess the property in exchange for a monetary gain. The tenant, or lessee, agrees to pay the landlord for use of the…show more content…
During this inspection the landlord discovered illegal drugs and notified the police. The police arrested Johnny Sanchez for illegal possession of a controlled substance and he was sentenced to seven tears in prison and was forced to pay monetary fines. In defending himself, the former tenant claimed that the landlord did not have the right to allow the police into the house. He claimed it was still in his possession and since no search warrant was issued all evidence was obtained illegally. The judge threw out this defense. Since Sanchez had abandoned the property and quit paying rent, the landlord had the right to regain possession of the property. The landlord exercised his right to take his property back and did not need the former tenant’s approval to grant access to the police. The evidence was allowed in the trial and Mr. Sanchez was convicted (2010 WL 4237307). As stated above, the landlord has the responsibility to provide quiet enjoyment to the tenant, and the tenant has the right to quiet enjoyment. This enjoyment includes the use of the premises without unreasonable interference from the landlord or third parties (Liuzzo and Bonnice, page 349). An example of this would be the case of Classens vs. Aiello in the state of Massachusetts. In this case the tenant, John Classens, claims that the landlord failed to provide him with his right to quiet enjoyment. In the case, the tenant claims that the landlord, who was responsible for paying
Open Document