The common law has changed drastically in its treatment of tenants who rent their living spaces from landlords. Over the course of the twentieth century, property doctrine has evolved in response to an ever changing society. Although early common law failed to recognize the relationship between land-lord and tenant as a contractual relationship, modern common law has developed to treat the relationship as such. The implication of contractual principles upon the relationship has increased the scope of duties landlords owe ten-ants in exchange for the tenants’ agreed upon rent.

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