Third Amendment Law and Legal Definition

The Third Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that:

"No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law."

It arose out of colonial discontent with the widespread practice of billeting British troops in private homes. One of the complaints against King George III in the Declaration of Independence was "for quartering large bodies of armed troops among us." Today, it is one of the least litigated sections of the Constitution.