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New Judicial Approaches To Maintaining Housing Quality In The Cities, Eugenia K. Manning Jan 1976

New Judicial Approaches To Maintaining Housing Quality In The Cities, Eugenia K. Manning

Fordham Urban Law Journal

Virtually every member of the urban community is a party to a landlord-tenant relationship. As the general tenor of urban life in America changes, so must the laws which govern the urban dweller. For years the doctrine of caveat emptor prevented the tenant from forcing the landlord to make necessary repairs or to retain the leased premises in a habitable condition. The doctrine of constructive eviction afforded him little relief; and housing and sanitation codes, while achieving a measure of success, were generally ineffective. Only when conditions because unbearable did the law protect him. Increasingly, however, the trend has been …