Constructive Eviction Law and Legal Definition

A constructive eviction occurs when a tenant's right of possession and enjoyment of the leased premises is interfered with by the landlord as to render the premises, or a part thereof, unsuitable for the purposes intended. In order for a constructive eviction to occur, a tenant must abandon the premises within a reasonable time following the landlord's interference. [Barton v. MTB Enters., 889 P.2d 476 (Utah Ct. App. 1995)].