Injuries From Property Conditions
Premises liability laws hold landlords, owners and occupiers accountable for failure to maintain the premises when a dangerous condition results in injury to someone that comes onto the premises, including not only the tenant but also the tenant’s guest. Owners and landlords have a legal duty to inspect their rental units and ensure the unit is safe before leasing it or showing it to a prospective tenant. While a tenant occupies a unit, landlords are required to periodically inspect common areas under the landlord’s control, and inspect areas that a tenant complains about. Common areas may include entryways, stairways, hallways, common laundry rooms, elevators and parking structures. If a dangerous condition is present, the owner must take steps to correct and/or warn visitors of the dangerous condition. If a property owner fails to take all reasonable steps to prevent injury, then injury victims may be entitled to compensation from the property owner.
Some Common hazards that can lead to injuries for which a landlord may be liable include:
- Defective or broken doors, gates, windows, and locks
- Defective stairs (e.g. damaged or broken steps, missing or defective handrails, dangerous risers, uneven steps)
- Slippery, dirty, or wet surfaces or walkways
- Uneven or broken pavement and other trip hazards
- Inadequately maintained elevators
- Insufficient lighting
- Insufficient security measures
- Dangerous swimming pools (e.g. broken or defective pool drains, lack of No Diving signs, lack of depth markers)
If any of these conditions caused an accident that harmed you or one of your guests, then your landlord may be liable. The experienced attorneys at the Harouni Law Group can help you receive the financial compensation you deserve.