Is harassment that takes place by an agent of the LL a "bad condition" or "breach of quiet enjoyment"

Asked over 1 year ago - Somerville, MA


a: A construction worker doing or proposing to do types of construction that require special MA license and/or a permit where neither exists who also harasses, intimidates and bullies a tenant when on premises doing work that is circumventing proper licensing and requirements to do it.

b: Worker considered 'agent' of (absentee) LL regarding all matters of construction.

c: LL fails to act on tenant's complaints of harassment and instead enables it further

d: Harassment is type which after described in a police report results in an officer telling agent he could be facing criminal charges if he does not stop. (Only then, did the harassment stop.)

Is this sort of thing a "bad condition", "breach of quiet enjoyment" or both?

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  1. Julie Court Molloy

    Contributor Level 15


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . It certainly sounds as though it is a breach of "quiet enjoyment," but depending on what it is that requires repair and maintenance, it could also be a condition that amounts to breach of warranty of habitability.

    You should consult experienced landlord-tenant attorney to review your options.

    Best wishes.

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