I had never heard the term "constructive eviction" until I watched one of those TV court shows. A landlord was suing a former tenant for destruction of property and other things. As it turned out, the landlord had done things to make the apartment hard to live in, like shutting off the water for days at a time and not repairing a broken toilet. The judge decided the landlord used illegal constructive eviction tactics to chase out the tenants. She said he should have followed legal eviction procedures at the first sign of trouble.