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Landlords and premises liability

Burglaries and assaults are starting to become all too common for some apartment tenants in Florida. Many property owners may not realize that they have a duty to protect their customers from certain foreseeable accidents and harmful situations that can occur on their properties. Landlords that do not take measures to keep their guests safe are subject to the consequences of premises liability law, states Landlordology.

According to The Balance, “tenants should feel safe and secure in and outside of their homes.” Properties that lack sufficient security measures, equipment and protocol can lead to situations where guests are at risk for accidents, crime and injuries. For example, a person lives in an apartment in a neighborhood where there is a high amount of criminal activity. The landlord is well aware of the security issues that persist in the neighborhood but has not done anything to his or her building to improve safety and security.

They did not replace the locks on the doors with adequate locks to help deter burglary and unlawful entry. They did not properly secure and repair the windows and provide sufficient lighting in and around their premises. As a result, their tenant’s apartment was broken into. The tenant was assaulted and is now recovering from their injuries at a local hospital.

Had the landlord replaced all the locks in his or her building with more secure ones, added additional lighting in and around their property and kept all broken windows, doors and other repair issues fixed, they would not face potential legal action from the victim.

Property owners should take tenant and guest safety issues seriously. They should anticipate potential situations that could cause harm to their tenants and take reasonable and foreseeable actions to prevent them.

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