Every lease has an implied warranty of habilitability, and an implied warranty of quiet use and enjoyment.
Under the "implied warranty of habitability," the landlord is legally responsible for repairing conditions that seriously affect the rental unit's habitability; the landlord must repair substantial defects in the unit and ensure compliance with state and local building and health codes. The idea is that it is a safe living environment. However, the landlord is not responsible under the implied warranty of habitability for repairing damages that were caused by the tenant or the tenant's family, guests, or pets.
The implied covenant of quiet use and enjoyment means that the tenant is entitled to the peaceful use of the premises.
These are implied in every lease and cannot be waived.
Violation of these covenants/warranties constitute "constructive eviction"
If the person is actually evicted, that makes it even worse as that is against the law, and makes the landlord liable for both compensatory damages (actual money spent due to the landlord's action-ie., moving costs, utility hook up charges, excess rent, etc) and punitive damages (designed to punish defendant for their illegal activity and to serve as a warning to others)
For example, in Glaser v. Meyers, plaintiff tenants were awarded $10,000 for compensatory and punitive damages.
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