hab·it·able /'ha-bi-tə-bəl/ adj: suitable and fit for a person to live in: free of defects that endanger the health and safety of occupants see also warranty of habitability at warranty
hab·it·abil·i·ty /ˌha-bi-tə-'bi-lə-tē/ n
hab·it·able·ness n
hab·it·ably adv

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

adjective adequate, appropriate for residence, capable of being inhabited, comfortable, fit for dwelling, fit for habitation, fit to be occupied, fit to live in, habitabilis, inhabitable, livable, occupiable, residential, suitable, suitable for living in, tenantable associated concepts: warranty of habitability

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Referring to a building or dwelling, of good enough quality to be lived in or occupied without serious inconvenience or danger to health and safety.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

A residence that is safe and fit for human habitation. By law in every state but Colorado, landlords must offer habitable premises and keep them up. Although the definition of a habitable dwelling varies from state to state, all agree that basic services (adequate heat, hot water, and plumbing) and a sound structure that does not pose unreasonable safety risks are required in every rental. Tenants have various remedies when premises become substandard. (See also: implied warranty of habitability, rent withholding, repair and deduct)
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Renters' & Tenants' Rights

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

   referring to a residence that is safe and can be occupied in reasonable comfort. Although standards vary by region, the premises should be closed in against the weather, provide running water, access to decent toilets and bathing facilities, heating, and electricity. Particularly in multi-dwelling buildings freedom from noxious smells, noise and garbage are included in the standard. This can become important in landlord-tenant disputes or government actions to force a landlord to make the premises livable (abatement of deficiencies). Example: if the roof begins to leak, the water goes off, the electricity shorts out or the toilet breaks, in most states the landlord has a duty to make repairs when requested or the tenant may order the repairs and deduct the cost from the rent.
   See also: landlord and tenant

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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  • habitable — [ abitabl ] adj. • v. 1150; lat. habitabilis 1 ♦ Où l on peut habiter, vivre. Planète habitable. Maison, logement habitable, en bon état, salubre. « Quand j étais misérable, marchant dans la pluie ou le vent, la plus petite anfractuosité, le… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • habitable — Habitable. adj. v. de tout genre. Qui peut estre habité. Ce logement n est pas habitable. ce bastiment est maintenant habitable. toute la terre habitable. en toute la terre habitable …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Habitable — Hab it*a*ble (h[a^]b [i^]t*[.a]*b l), a. [F. {habitable}, L. habitabilis.] Capable of being inhabited; that may be inhabited or dwelt in; as, the habitable world. {Hab it*a*ble*ness}, n. {Hab it*a*bly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • habitable — adjetivo 1. (ser / estar) Que puede habitarse: Esta es una ciudad habitable, sin problemas medioambientales. Esta casa está habitable, no necesita ninguna reforma …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • habitable — (adj.) late 14c., from O.Fr. habitable suitable for human dwelling (14c.), from L. habitabilis that is fit to live in, from habitare (see HABITAT (Cf. habitat)). Related: Habitably; habitability …   Etymology dictionary

  • habitable — Habitable, Habitabilis. Rendre habitable et peupler, Frequentare solitudines. Bud …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • habitable — adj. Que puede habitarse …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • habitable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ suitable to live in. DERIVATIVES habitability noun. ORIGIN Latin habitabilis, from habitare possess, inhabit …   English terms dictionary

  • habitable — [hab′it ə bəl] adj. [ME < OFr < L habitabilis < habitare, to have possession of, inhabit: see HABIT & ABLE] that can be inhabited; fit to be lived in habitability n. habitably adv …   English World dictionary

  • habitable — (a bi ta bl ) adj. Qui peut être habité, où l on peut habiter. Maison, logement habitable. Ce pays n est pas habitable. •   S il [Napoléon] y avait [à Vitepsk] conservé et rétabli son armée.... alors ses quartiers d hiver eussent été habitables ; …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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