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When are landlords liable for hazardous conditions?

Landlords have a duty to keep the properties they own safe. This includes the common areas that are used by the tenants, guests, and others. When a landlord fails to keep these areas safe, there is a chance that accidents causing injuries might occur. If you were injured on a rental property, whether it is a commercial property or a residential property, you should understand some basic points about landlord liability.

Where did the accident occur?

Where the accident occurs has some impact on whether the landlord is liable for injuries or not. If the accident occurred in a rental unit, the tenant might be liable. If the accident occurred in a common area, such as the parking lot, the landlord might be liable. Evaluating the specific circumstances of your case might help you to determine who to hold liable in a claim for compensation.

How did the accident occur?

What happened when the accident occurred can also impact claims for compensation. If the accident was caused by landlord negligence, such as from an unsecure railing, falling debris from the building or another obviously hazardous condition, the landlord might be the liable person.

It is sometimes difficult to determine who is liable for these accidents. In some cases, the answer might be more than one party. It is essential that you determine everyone who might be liable so that you can name them in the claim you make. You claim can include compensation for the medical care you needed because of the accident and other financial impacts of the injuries you suffered.

Source: FindLaw, "How to Prove Landlord Negligence," George Khoury, Esq., accessed March 03, 2017

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