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If I’m Hurt From An Unsafe Condition While Renting Can I Sue My Landlord?

If you’re renting a house or an apartment, you are, in a sense, a customer. You are not going to own the place that you live in, so every time you pay your rent on your residence, you are fulfilling a contract with the landlord, and that contract, in essence is, “I am paying you to ensure that I have a place to live that is safe, secure and properly maintained.” This means that a landlord has a responsibility to look after your personal wellbeing by taking care of all the aspects of home ownership that are his financial and legal obligation.

And if he doesn’t, and you are paying your rent on time, every month, without fail or delay, then the landlord has messed up, not you. And this means you have legal options available to you. This is especially true if your landlord’s negligence has resulted in someone being injured. So what are the instances when an accident attorney would be helpful to you? Here are a few very good examples.

Negligent Fire Precautions

It is your landlord’s responsibility to ensure that all proper fire safety procedures are observed, and this includes regular maintenance of fire alarms. If, for example, a fire occurred in the home and you or someone in your family were injured as a result of waking up in the middle of the night, to the smell of smoke, realizing that a fire was already well progress, this is not your fault.

It becomes a very serious problem for your landlord if it is later discovered that the fire alarm did not go off because the alarms themselves either did not have their batteries replaced if they required it, or were not properly connected to an adequate electrical power supply, and thus did not work as intended.

Regardless of the cause, if a fire alarm does not work as expected and people within the residence are not alerted to a fire immediately because of this, any injury or death resulting from this is the responsibility of the landlord.

Poor Maintenance

If there are problems with a residence such as crumbling steps, unsafe electrical systems, slippery or crumbling tiles, or any other aspect of the home that is structural component, and not furniture that you have brought in yourself, it is the landlord’s responsibility, not yours.

This means that if a stairwell in an apartment is poorly lit and someone falls as a result of this, or a balcony in an apartment breaks while someone is leaning on it, resulting in a fall to the ground, you can and should sue. A personal injury lawyer will be the first to tell you that maintaining basic functionality of a residence is part of the reason you pay rent to a landlord. If someone, especially a child, becomes injured as a result of a mishap that is directly related to your landlord not exercising basic management obligations, this is negligence directly resulting in personal injury.

In such cases, you should always get an accident lawyer or personal injury lawyer to review your case and find out what you need to do in order to get the justice and compensation that you deserve.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

If I’m Hurt From An Unsafe Condition While Renting Can I Sue My Landlord?

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