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Renters may sue property owners for negligence

In some cases, Georgia residents who are injured while at their own rented homes may be able to sue their landlords. The owner of a property has a legal duty to make sure that their property is kept up in a safe condition. Owners and managers are also responsible for warning residents of any potential dangers on a property and repairing unsafe conditions that are discovered.

If a renter is injured because of the negligence of a property owner, the renter may file a premises liability claim against the owner. The renter must be able to prove that the property owner was either aware of the dangerous condition or should have been aware of a dangerous condition and failed to provide a remedy.

A woman in San Francisco was recently injured due to a dangerous condition at the apartment that she had just started renting. While taking the garbage out at night, the woman tripped over a curb near the dumpster and broker her ankle. The landlord may be liable for her injury because the overhead light near the dumpster had gone out, creating a dangerous condition. The curb may also have been a dangerous condition depending on how large it was and whether it was uneven or broken.

A person who has been injured on a rented property may want to talk to a lawyer about their situation. A lawyer might be able to examine the details of the accident in order to determine if a property owner's negligence caused the accident. If the property owner is liable for a renter's injuries, a lawyer may help the renter to file a premises liability claim.

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