Landlord Liability

When you decide to rent a home, there are plenty of benefits for which you may qualify.

  • You may not have to worry about maintenance and repair costs;
  • Renter’s insurance premiums are generally lower than homeowner's insurance;
  • You may have access to many amenities such as swimming pools and basketball courts.

At the surface level, it may seem as though there is absolutely nothing to lose. But this may not always be the case.

Renting a home requires you to place a sizeable amount of trust and reliability on your landlord. If you need something in your home fixed, you must wait for your landlord to respond to your request. This may take a few hours to a couple of weeks to get done. You may experience frustration when this happens. The worst case scenario is that you or your children may be injured due to a landlord’s failure to maintain your home. This is considered landlord liability. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you gain compensation when your safety is placed at risk.

Landlord Liability Attorneys

As a tenant, you deserve to feel safe and secure in your home. You pay rent and utilities to your landlord so you should reasonably expect that he/she will go above and beyond to ensure that you are satisfied. When you are harmed due to landlord negligence, your landlord can be held liable in a court of law. Common landlord negligence cases revolve around inadequate precautions, failure to provide repairs and improper security measures.

Inadequate Precautions

It is the landlord’s responsibility to provide all necessary warnings and precautions within a home. This includes installing fire/smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and lighting systems. A tenant’s home should be well-lit and have modern response systems to alert him/her of problems within the home.

Failure to Repair

In order for your home to be fixed as a tenant, you must inform your landlord and wait on his/her actions. Whether it is a broken light fixture, burning stove or impaired washing machine, the landlord is the only person who is able to make phone calls to local service companies and permit professional contractors to work on the home. When you make a request to your landlord, he/she should provide a swift response and solve the issue. You should be able to trust that your needs will be recognized in a timely manner. Further, you should be able to trust that your needs will be handled accordingly — that is, all repairs within your home will be operated on properly and correctly. If you are harmed because a system or object in your home was not addressed or resolved, your landlord may be considered liable in a court of law.

Negligent Security

One of the major forms of landlord negligence involves providing inadequate security systems. Landlords are expected to inspect the premises and do research on their properties’ area. They should be well-versed in the sorts of crime that occur and take active measures to prevent such crime from affecting the property.

For example, if a neighborhood has a high crime rate, it is the landlord’s responsibility to 1) inform the tenant and 2) install necessary precautions. Deadbolts, pin locks, and even iron windows and doors may have to be installed to protect tenants. When a landlord fails to stay knowledgeable about crime and do everything within his/her power to prevent his/her tenants from being harmed, the landlord is responsible for any injuries that occur.

Tenant Responsibilities

While there are specific standards of care that landlords must adhere to, there are also common sensical actions that tenants should take to keep their property safe. For example, tenants should invest in renter’s insurance, understand the rate and type of crime that is prevalent within their area, and take independent measures to protect themselves (i.e. locking doors, purchasing curtains). Even still, your landlord is responsible for keeping the property that you live in safe.

Determining landlord liability can be complex. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you understand your rights and entitlements during this stressful time.

Landlord Liability Attorneys in Gainesville, FL

Your home should be a place of solace and happiness. Do not allow a negligent landlord to prevent you from achieving this. There are responsibilities and protocols that your landlord must follow to keep you and your family safe. If you have been injured in your renter’s property and you believe that it is a result of your landlord’s negligence, contact our trustworthy personal injury attorneys at Warner, Sechrest & Butts. We are proud to serve Gainesville, FL, and the surrounding areas. Your landlord may be liable for your injury and we will do everything within our power to protect your interests and gain you benefits.

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