Injuries often happen in the home – and often due to unsafe conditions such as missing handrails, tripping hazards, and general disrepair. Trips, slips & falls, and other injuries can lead to lasting physical problems and significant medical expenses. Who is responsible for these expenses? When you don’t own the property you live in, the answer to that question is pivotal for determining what rights you have. Property owners in California have a legal duty to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition. But what about rental properties? As the tenant, you have access and control over the premises. Yet the landlord still has some responsibilities.
Your landlord may be responsible for your injuries if their negligence was somehow a factor in your accident. For example:
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you may very well have a personal injury claim against the landlord.
On the other hand, you likely won’t have a claim if:
Of course, every case is different, which is why you should always speak with a knowledgeable premises liability attorney about your situation. It’s well worth the time upfront to protect your rights.