It is commonly known that if a person slips and falls on the premises of a business property, they can usually sue the business. However, many people do not know that if you are injured in a slip and fall accident on the property that is owned by a landlord, the landlord may possibly be held liable as well.
In the state of Florida, the victim must prove that the landlord (or property management team as in the case of apartment complexes) had actual and constructive knowledge of the hazard. The victim must also prove that the landlord failed to make necessary repairs promptly, and in a way, that effectively corrected the issue. Beyond that, it must be proven that the landlord did not keep the property reasonably safe for guests who were invited to be there. This would include the people renting the property or anyone they allow on the property.
What Types Of Things Is The Landlord Required To Keep Up?
According to our slip and fall attorneys, each and every situation is completely different, and each case must be evaluated on its own merit. But, there are some things that are considered common requirements. They include:
- Walls (exterior)
- Building structures and foundations
Besides these common issues, the landlord must keep the property clear of dangerous obstacles and reasonably clean and in good repair. Sidewalks are not always considered the landlord’s responsibility, but in some cases, they actually are. Walkways and paths provided on the property as part of the home are considered a part of the property and must be safely maintained.
If a landlord neglects to keep these things (and others) in good repair and they ultimately cause an accident, he may be held liable for the injuries in court. Contact a slip and fall lawyer to learn more.
How Can These Neglected Issues Be Used Against The Property Owner?
- If the landlord did not fix a roof or gutter and it created a wet condition on a walkway, he or she could be liable.
- If the height of steps on the property is the wrong height or if they are not all the same height and it causes people to trip and fall, the landlord can be liable.
- If the landlord provided defective handrails or if he did not provide handrails where they were needed, he or she is probably liable.
Other Things The Landlord Could Possibly Be Liable For:
- Trash or objects on stairwells that should not be there
- Carpets or rugs that are improperly installed or in poor repair
- Slippery conditions on floors in common areas
- Poor lighting in common areas, particularly in stairways;
- Sidewalks or parking lots that are damaged, cracked, or have holes that hold water
It can be hard to determine who is at fault when there is a slip and fall injury on property that you rent. If this happens to you, it is a good idea to consult a slip and fall attorney for assistance.