What is the Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment?
A covenant of quiet enjoyment is a landlord’s promise that once a tenant takes possession of the property, the landlord and third parties will not interfere with the tenant’s possession of the property. This covenant is implied in all leases in Washington state. Speak to a Seattle Landlord Tenant Attorney today if you have questions.
How does a landlord breach the covenant of quiet enjoyment?
If the landlord denies a tenant exclusive possession of the leased property, then the covenant is breached. This interference might occur if the landlord physically prevents the tenant from possessing the property by locking out the tenant or significantly obstructing access to property with physical barriers. Other examples include entering onto or into the property without a proper 24-hour notice or 48-hour notice to enter, or frequently disrupting tenants’ access to utilities.
If you believe your covenant of quiet enjoyment has been breached, speak to a Seattle Landlord Tenant Attorney today.
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