Mistakes Landlords Make That Cause Injuries to Tenants
We rely on property owners to maintain a space that is safe. Whether you are renting an apartment, a home, or another type of property, most of us generally expect the environment to be free of dangers that could cause us harm. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and preventable accidents happen, resulting in terrible injuries.
Preventable Mistakes Leading to Accidents and Injuries
Landlords have a duty to their tenants and visitors to ensure the premises are not hazardous. In Massachusetts, there are multiple ways in which a residential landlord could be liable for a tenant’s injuries:
- Breach of the covenant of quiet enjoyment
- Breach of the warranty of habitability
These are some of the most common mistakes landlords make that could result in injuries to their tenants:
- Inadequate maintenance and repairs: Part of making a property safe includes properly maintaining it and addressing potentially hazardous conditions, such as unrepaired structural damage, broken steps, leaking pipes, and faulty wiring. Landlords are legally obligated to inspect their property for these dangers and address any maintenance issues. If something requires ongoing repairs, they must post adequate signage to warn residents of any hazardous conditions.
- Failure to address safety hazards: There are many safety hazards landlords are obligated to address, such as unsecured flooring, inadequate lighting, loose handrails, and lack of security. Failure to do so could be a breach of their duty of care.
- Negligent security measures: There are other dangers aside from structural damage and safety hazards that could put the well-being of tenants at risk. Landlords have a legal responsibility to provide a reasonable level of security and deter criminal activity that could lead to physical harm. Installing or maintaining adequate security systems, secure entrances, and ensuring all common areas are properly lit could help ensure the safety of tenants.
- Violations of building codes and regulations: There are certain building codes and regulations landlords are expected to follow and, when they are violated, it could result in accidents and injuries to tenants. Examples of some of these violations include a lack of fire safety measures, improper wiring, and non-compliance with accessibility requirements. Violating building codes and regulations could expose landlords to liability if a tenant is injured on the property.
- Lack of proper inspections and maintenance records: Landlords are also legally obligated to conduct regular inspections of their property and to maintain detailed records of these activities. Conducting regular inspections could ensure the premises are safe and free of dangerous hazards. These records could serve as important evidence in a personal injury case.
Landlords must also educate their tenants about any potential hazards and provide clear communication channels to do so. If they fail to alert tenants about safety protocols or neglect to address their concerns, it could result in serious injuries.
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If you were injured because your landlord failed to maintain reasonably safe premises, it is important to act quickly and contact a personal injury lawyer to handle your case. You could recover monetary damages to cover the cost of your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. At DiBella Law Offices, P.C. in Methuen, our experienced legal team could provide the exceptional representation you deserve, so you could more effectively navigate your claim.
We understand how difficult this situation is, which is why we are committed to offering compassionate legal support. Reach out to our law office today at (978) 327-5140 to schedule a free case evaluation with our knowledgeable Methuen premises liability attorney to get started on your case.