Fit for Habitation Law and Legal Definition

Fit for habitation refers to a premise satisfying the basic requirement of being safe and healthy enough to live in. Premises are regarded as not reasonably fit for habitation when they are defective in: repair, stability, freedom from damp, natural lighting, ventilation, water supply, drainage and sanitary conveniences, facilities for cooking and for storage and preparation of food, and disposal of waste water. In every tenancy, there is an implied warranty that furnished tenancies are fit for habitation at the commencement of the tenancy.

Where the buyer, ignorant of his own needs, fully informs a seller as to the purpose for which an article is to be used, and, after doing so, adopts the description supplied by the seller, a warranty of fitness for the purpose can be implied. [E. Edelman & Co. v. Queen Stove Works, 205 Minn. 7, 17 (Minn. 1939)]