Vanderbilt Law Review

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Expanding the Scope of the Implied Warranty of Habitability: A Landlord's Duty to Protect Tenants from Foreseeable Criminal Activity


Caroline Hudson


This Recent Development traces the evolution of the implied warranty of habitability and of the duty of the landlord under tort law to protect his tenants from criminal activity on the leased premises. The Recent Development then analyzes the courts'efforts to deal with the potential overlap between these two areas. The discussion focuses on the New Jersey court's recent and unprecedented broadening of the implied warranty and the potential problems faced by landlords and tenants as a result of that decision.