Tenant Without Lease Can't Sue Owner for Violating Warranty

Facts: The tenant, while renting space in the owner's building without a lease, experienced property damage from a fire. The tenant then sued the owner, claiming that the owner violated his promise, or warranty, of providing a space suitable for business by failing to safely maintain the electrical and fire systems. The owner argued that because the tenant did not have a lease, there was no warranty.

Decision: A Massachusetts court ruled in favor of the owner.

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