Quiet Enjoyment Law & Legal Definition


Quiet enjoyment refers to the right of an occupant of real property, particularly of a residence, to enjoy and use premises in peace and without interference. Quiet enjoyment is often an implied condition in a lease. "Quiet" is not restricted to an absence of noise; it has been interpreted as "uninterrupted". A tenant's remedies for breach of his/her quiet enjoyment are damages and injunction.

Quiet enjoyment is a common law concept, which case law has given its definition. Even without rising to the level of a constructive eviction and requiring the tenant to vacate the premises, such interferences may deprive the tenant of expectations under the lease and reduce the value of the lease, requiring an award of compensatory damages. Moreover, under modern business conditions, there is no reason why a lessee, after establishing itself on the leased premises, should be forced to await eviction by the lessor or surrender the premises, often at great loss, before claiming a breach of the covenant for interference with the use and possession of the premises that doesn't rise to the level of a total eviction.