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Rights of Tenants: What does "Quiet Enjoyment" mean?

Tenants in Maryland have the right to more than just a roof over their heads. They also have the right to enjoy their rented space in peace and quiet. This essential right, known as the "right to quiet enjoyment," provides tenants with the assurance that they can live without unnecessary disturbances and interference from landlords or other parties.

Understanding the Right to Quiet Enjoyment:

The right to quiet enjoyment is a legal concept that recognizes a tenant's entitlement to peaceful and undisturbed possession of their rented property. It encompasses more than just freedom from noise; it extends to other forms of interference that can fully disrupt a tenant's ability to enjoy their rented space. This right is implicit in most residential leases and is often protected by landlord-tenant laws.

What the Right to Quiet Enjoyment Encompasses:

Freedom from Excessive Noise: Tenants have the right to live in an environment free from excessive noise that interferes with their ability to relax, sleep, or carry out daily activities.

Privacy and Non-Intrusion: Tenants have the right to privacy and should not be subject to unwarranted intrusion by landlords or others. Landlords must provide advance notice and obtain permission before entering a rental unit, except in cases of emergency or specific legal provisions.

Maintenance and Repairs: Landlords have a responsibility to promptly address maintenance and repair issues that affect a tenant's ability to enjoy the premises, such as fixing plumbing problems, addressing pest infestations, or resolving heating and cooling issues.

Adequate Security: Landlords are expected to provide tenants with a safe and secure living environment. This includes maintaining locks, addressing security concerns promptly, and ensuring that common areas are well-lit and properly maintained.

If a tenant believes their right to quiet enjoyment has been violated, they may have several options:

Open Communication: Initially, tenants should communicate with their landlord to address the issue and find a resolution amicably.

Documenting Incidents: Tenants should maintain a record of incidents, including dates, times, and details of any disturbances or breaches of quiet enjoyment.

Legal Advice: If communication fails to resolve the issue, tenants may seek legal advice to understand their rights and determine whether they have grounds for legal action. Call Phillips Law Group, email attorney Douglas Phillips, or fill out our client intake form on the "Become a Client" page. We will look into any issues and give you good advice you can rely on.

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