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Your landlord may be liable for injuries caused by an intruder

Many people live in an apartment at some point in their lives. You may be someone who is moving into your first apartment or even have lived in several already. In either case, you certainly want your safety to remain a top priority.

You may have many items on your checklist as far as safety measures go. You likely want to make sure the parking lot has adequate lighting, that security guards monitor the premises and that your apartment doors have new locks that include a deadbolt. However, your locks may only provide protection as long as the keys remain secure. While you may certainly ensure that you keep up with your copies, you may wonder what your landlord does with extra copies.

Intruders

You, like most people, may have a concern that an intruder could enter your home in an attempt to commit theft or possibly harm you. One of your worst nightmares may include being home when an unwanted person enters your apartment. Unfortunately, this type of scenario does not lay outside the realm of possibility. Even if you keep your doors and windows locked, a predator could still come into your home, and in some cases, the person may have had a key.

Lack of key security

Because your landlord keeps up with multiple keys, you may have assumed that he or she kept them in a secure location. However, some landlords may keep keys out in the open or in areas where outside parties could easily find out where and how to obtain them. If so, a potential intruder may get a copy of yours much more easily than you ever dreamed and enter your apartment with a simple turn of the key.

Unfortunately, this type of situation is not unheard of. In a worst-case scenario, someone could enter your apartment and cause you to suffer injuries. While the intruder will certainly be at fault for your suffering, your landlord may also hold some liability for the incident. If your key was not kept secure, you may have the ability to file a premises liability claim against your landlord in order to seek compensation for the damages resulting from such an event.

In order to obtain reliable information and assistance with this type of situation, you may want to discuss your options with an attorney.

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