Beacon Legal PLLC
What if a tenant is injured at a rental property?
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This blog should not be considered legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.
Our law firm represents people who have been injured due to dangerous property conditions.
Our firm has obtained over $1,000,000.00 in results for people injured on dangerous properties in Alachua County and the surrounding areas.
If you want, you can call or text our firm now at (352) 415-4571.
I. What Are Some Ways a Tenant Can Be Injured on a Rental Property?
In some instances, tenants have the opportunity to file a personal injury claim against their landlord for damages if they suffer injuries on the landlord's property.
A landlord can be held liable under the legal concept of "negligence" –– if the landlord violated their duty under Florida law to maintain their rental property.
II. Examples of Injuries for Which a Landlord May Be Liable
In many instances, landlords have a duty to maintain the standards set by applicable building, housing, and health codes. If a landlord does not keep a building in good condition, certain issues, such as mold exposure, may arise. In this instance, if a tenant becomes sick or ill due to the mold exposure, the tenant may be entitled to file a claim or even sue the landlord for "damages."
Damages are, simply put, monetary compensation for physical and emotional harm caused by unlawful conduct.
When a landlord has a duty to maintain and fix an unsafe condition, they may be held accountable for injuries to tenants.
For example, if a tenant is injured after falling on a broken staircase that a landlord was responsible for maintaining, the landlord may be found responsible to pay for the resulting damages to the tenant.
Negligent security is another example of landlord liability that can result in injury to a tenant. Say an owner of a property knew about a broken lock but did nothing to fix it for weeks on end and, as a result, a renter was hurt or killed by a violent intruder. If there is evidence that a landlord was aware of the security threat but chose not to address it or inform the tenant, the landlord could be held liable.
III. Are you seeking Legal Advice?
If you are a renter in an apartment, dorm, student housing, single family home, mobile home, or any other building or structure, and have been injured due to dangerous property conditions, please call our office to discuss your legal rights at (352) 415-4571.
We are here to listen, and empathize with you.