It happens more often than you might think. A tenant trips on torn carpet, slips on an unstable step, falls through an unsteady railing, or steps in a hole in an apartment complex’s yard, resulting in serious injuries. If this has happened to you, then you might be wondering whether you can sue your landlord for the harm that’s been caused to you, which might include significant pain and suffering and the incurrence of medical expenses. The chances are pretty good that the law is on your side.
Landlord liability for injuries suffered on their premises
Landlords have a big responsibility when it comes to keeping their premises safe. They are required to inspect their property, which includes individual units and common areas, at reasonably frequent periods. This includes prior to a tenant moving in, after a tenant moves out, and before a lease is renewed. If a landlord either knows about a dangerous condition or should have known about a hazardous condition and failed to repair it, warn others of it, or protect people from it, then he or she can be held liable for injuries caused by that condition.
Who can sue a landlord for premises liability injuries?
The tenant who is injured by the dangerous condition can take legal action against a landlord, but so can others. Individuals that you invite onto the property might also be able to recover compensation from a landlord if they are injured on the premises. It’s important to note, though, that if the dangerous condition was in a tenant’s individual unit, then a landlord may only be held liable if the landlord was made aware of the condition and failed to remedy it in a timely fashion.
Don’t be afraid to take action
Far too many Californians are afraid to stand up to their landlords and fight for the compensation they deserve. Don’t let that be you. Instead, consider working closely with a legal professional who knows premises liability law and can help you build the compelling claim that you need to position yourself for success so that you can move onto the next chapter of your life. You can help your advocate build your case by documenting everything you can, including pictures of the dangerous condition, your injuries and medical treatment, and any communications that you’ve had with your landlord.