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Landlords, tenants and apartment building hazards

Apartment building accidents are a common source of injury for many people. Dangerous conditions often exist in these structures, leading to slip-and-falls, concussions and other types of accidents that can affect the overall safety of tenants. At Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein, LLP, one of the questions we know you have, is whether you are entitled to sue a property owner because of injuries you sustained in the building or on the grounds.

In Florida, code violations, insufficient lighting, slippery floors, and broken and deteriorating sidewalks are just a few of the issues that your landlord is responsible for preventing. However, even if the property owner is not aware of the dangerous condition, the law still allows you to sue the owner for failing to provide and maintain a safe dwelling. It is important that your landlord perform regular building inspections, maintenance checks, timely repairs, and improved safety and security response measures to keep you and others safe.

The burden of proof falls to the you, as the victim, states Landlordology. This means you have to be able to prove that your landlord was negligent. For example, if you were to contact the owner of your building or notify a building attendant of a hazardous situation, such as broken stairs or missing lights, and your landlord ignored all attempts at communication, he or she could be found responsible for any injuries that occur as a result of those deficiencies.

The property owner may also be found liable for any accidents and injuries that occur if he or she acknowledged the issue, but failed to do anything about it in a timely manner. This would include posting safety signs and taking reasonable measures to inform you and the other building tenants and guests of the problem. For more information on dangerous apartment building conditions, please visit our website.