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How to handle building safety issues with landlords

It is not unreasonable for tenants in Florida to expect for their landlords to provide them with safe living accommodations. However, residents should learn what actions they can take to alleviate any responsibilities they may have in maintenance issues that can arise.

Many tenants assume that their landlords are responsible for any repairs that their apartments need, even ones that are caused by their own carelessness. However, property owners are not responsible for issues that can arise from normal wear and tear during tenancy. Some landlords take a proactive approach to securing their properties against burglaries and staying in compliance with building codes. Many others make maintenance and safety issues the responsibility of their tenants.

Some issues that can arise and interfere with residential safety and habitability include electrical wiring issues, plumbing problems, pest infestations and burglary and break-ins from security issues, states Zillow. Property owners generally have a small window of opportunity to correct those concerns. If accidents happen that involve slips and falls, criminal assaults and injuries, property owners can be held responsible.

According to Safewise, tenants should help their landlords by keeping them informed about potential safety hazards like bad lighting, broken stairs, uneven surfaces and broken or flimsy security locks in their buildings. This makes it easier for repairs to take place to prevent accidents from occurring that could lead to trauma and injury to tenants.

By working with their landlords to maintain safe and secure premises, tenants can see to their own safety, keep others safe and enjoy their homes.

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