Landlord's Liability for Tenant's Injury

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When Is a Landlord Liable for a Tenant's Injury?

A landlord is liable for a tenant’s injury when he acts negligently. For example, a landlord may have acted negligently by failing to fix the railing on a staircase or potholes in a driveway.

To prove the landlord's negligence, the tenant must show that:

Is a Landlord Responsible for the Safety of the Entire Property?

Historically, landlords were not liable for the premises’ safety. However, modern laws hold the landlord liable for most areas of the property:

When Is a Landlord Vicariously Liable for a Tenant’s Actions?

A landlord’s liability for the wrongful actions of tenants or third parties is limited. Liability will often depend upon local laws. Generally, a landlord may still be liable for a tenants’ or a third parties’ acts on the premises in the following situations:

What Kind of Damages Can a Tenant Sue a Landlord For?

A tenant can sue his landlord for:

What Can a Landlord Do to Minimize Liability?

A landlord should maintain the premises he is responsible for to avoid any problems that might result in liability. He should also keep accurate records of all repairs and tenant complaints, take care of all urgent repairs as soon as possible, and run regular quality checks on all the residences.

What Are the Landlord's Responsibilities for Possible Lead Poisoning?

If the rental property is built prior to 1978:

Should I Consult a Lawyer about Landlord Liability?

Landlord-tenant law is very complicated and constantly undergoing changes. An experienced landlord-tenant attorney can help you identify the law that applies to your landlord-tenant relationship and represent you in court. A landlord-tenant law can also estimate your damages and help you file the necessary paperwork.

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Last Modified: 04-09-2014 04:27 PM PDT

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