In any apartment complex setting, crime and safety are the number one priorities.
There are many people that live in the same apartment building, most of whom you probably don’t know. You don’t know whether they are involved in criminal activity or if they interact with others who do. If you live in an older building, another concern you may have is lead paint and areas that are in need of repair.
You may wonder if you have any right to hold your landlord accountable if you suffer an illness or injuries while living in a rental. It depends.
What obligations does your landlord have to you?
Landlords have a responsibility to take steps to curb criminal activity at the apartment complex that they own. Most municipalities require landlords to install deadbolt and pin locks to help keep their tenants safe. Landlords should also trim large bushes and install exterior lights to help deter criminal activity. Plus, they may have a legal obligation to evict tenants who are caught breaking certain laws, like drug dealing.
Landlords also have a responsibility to ensure that their building complies with current safety and building codes. Landlords may have a requirement to disclose any potential hazards, such as lead paint, to prospective tenants before having them sign their lease. Landlords may also have an obligation to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in each unit, have fire exits and make reasonable repairs.
What happens if your landlord fails to maintain a safe residence?
If you are hurt or get sick due to a landlord’s negligence, you may have a valid property liability claim. This is true if you were a victim of a crime that could have been prevented by your landlord’s actions or if you fell down an unlit stairwell that was missing a handrail.
You may want to continue browsing our website to learn more about what your rights are in premises liability cases such as these.