Holding Negligent Landlords Accountable | Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert
Florida personal injury lawyers discuss the ways in which landlords can be held accountable to dangerous conditions on their properties.
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Florida Personal Injury | Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, PA
Premises liability cases arise owners of apartment complexes, duplexes, and rented houses fail to maintain the properties in order to keep renters safe. When landlords fail to maintain a safe property, their tenants’ homes cease to be safe places, transforming into hazard zones where accidents are likely. Below we have listed some of the most common causes of accidents and premises liability claims in rental properties. These also apply to commercial and retail premises:

Inadequate lighting. Landlords and property managers have a responsibility to provide adequate lighting in hallways, stairwells, parking lots, and common walkways. When these heavily trafficked areas are insufficiently lit, tenants and visitors are likely to need an experienced premises liability lawyer, and are made into more vulnerable targets for crime – potentially giving way to a negligent-security claim. If lights break or malfunction, management should promptly fix them.

Slippery walkways. Snow and ice may be rare in Florida, but water and other liquids can still make walkways slippery and hazardous—particularly for older tenants. Water that accumulates without proper drainage can also attract oils and other liquid run off from automobiles, cleaning solvents and create needlessly slippery floors.

Unmaintained walkways. Building owners are responsible for maintaining walkways, which means repairing loose floorboards, exposed nails, and other hazardous obstacles.

Unmaintained staircases. Staircases are one of the most common areas where accidents occur and the risk of accident only increases when a landlord neglects to maintain them. Trip and fall accidents become more likely on staircases with loose handrails, buckling wood or worn carpeting.

Elevator Injury. Elevators must be regularly inspected and properly maintained. Improperly maintained elevators may begin to stop uneven with its intended landing (sometimes by only an inch or two, called “misleveling”) creating a tripping hazard. An elevator-door sensor may result in a door slamming shut and causing injuries. Or a sudden unexpected drop of the elevator car, may result in an elevator-related injury as well.

Electric shock. Malfunctioning sockets and frayed wire insulation can deliver an electrical shock to residents, resulting in severe burns and sometimes fatal injuries.

Negligent security. Landlords have a responsibility to provide adequate security for their tenants and visitors, including secure locks, adequate lighting, sturdy fencing, and security cameras. The responsibility of a owner or property manager increases depending on whether the area has a history of crime.

Hazardous playground equipment. If there is a playground in your apartment complex, your landlord has a responsibility to keep the equipment and surroundings safe and sanitary. That means fixing broken equipment and sharp edges—all of which can cause serious injuries to young children.

State housing violations. State law requires landlords to comply with basic rules regarding fire safety, pest control, and sewage disposal. Failure to abide by general health and safety standards can result in serious injuries and illness among tenants and visitors.

Proving Your Case

These are only a few examples of the many different types of accidents that can happen in a home or apartment building due to a landlord’s negligence. Florida landlords have a duty to keep properties reasonably safe and warn residents of hazards. When they fail to live up to this standard, they should be held accountable for any resulting injury.

However, holding a landlord liable for an injury on their property is not always a simple task. In order to hold a landlord responsible for an accident or injury, you must demonstrate the following:

  • It was the landlord’s duty to care for the part of the property that caused your injury to occur.
  • The landlord neglected to take reasonable precautions to prevent your accident.
  • Preventing your accident by resolving the problem or providing sufficient warning would not be especially costly or difficult.
  • The accident that caused your injury could have been reasonably anticipated.
  • The landlord’s negligence caused your accident.
  • You are genuinely injured as a result of the accident.

Florida Personal Injury Lawyers
As a tenant, you are legally entitled to a rental property that is in good condition and complies with basic safety standards. If you have been injured in an on a rented property, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer immediately. Call Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert at 305-931-6666.

A personal injury lawyer can help you gather evidence that can help prove the landlord was negligent by taking photographs, obtaining records, and speaking with witnesses. An experienced lawyer will also know how to help you demonstrate your rights were violated in court, helping you secure much needed compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and overall pain and suffering. Call 305-931-6666 now to speak to a personal injury lawyer.