Is the Landlord Liable for Personal Injuries on Rental Properties?
Premises liability laws apply most strongly to people invited to a property for the purposes of business. In other situations, there is a much weaker duty of the property owner to reduce the risk of injury. For example, landlords have a strictly defined duty to maintain parts of the rental property in a condition fit for the use by intended parties.
The Michigan Supreme Court has asserted that it is crucial for landlords to maintain common areas in a condition that is fit for use by the intended parties, which means renters and their guests. The court is, however, divided about the landlord’s duty to inspect the premises to look for possible hazards. You should notify your landlord about potential dangers on the property as soon as you notice them, and make sure you document them, in case you or another tenant suffers personal injury in the future.
However, landlords are never responsible for injuries that occur in areas that are under your exclusive control (such as inside your apartment). They are only liable for personal injuries that occur in common areas.
Landlords also have a duty to protect tenants from foreseeable criminal acts in common areas, so it may be possible to bring an injury lawsuit on the basis of negligent security. This is especially true if a landlord promises security and installs security measures, but these measures are inadequate, defective, or not properly monitored. However, landlords may not be responsible for protecting the guests of renters.
If you have suffered an injury due to the negligence of a landlord, you may be able to receive compensation. For a free consultation about your legal rights and options in the Flint, Michigan area, please contact Jay Trucks & Associates today.