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.