The landlord-tenant relationship is simple enough, but it carries with it immense responsibility for both parties. What happens if a tenant suffers respiratory illness from mold in the home they are renting? Most likely they will sue the property owner.

With a measurable increase in lawsuits, liability is a huge concern for landlords. Therefore, landlords face immense pressure to comply with any housing issues that could attract legal action. We are wondering how a landlord can keep their property safe and protect themselves from petty lawsuits.

At the same time, if a tenant is hurt by negligence of the landlord, we also want to know how they should proceed to receive the damages owed to them. Lawsuits have become a common reality in today’s culture, and we want to know how tenants and landlords can be prepared when an injury occurs on a rental property.

Why We’re Asking:

If you own your home, in most cases, you are responsible for any dangerous features on the property. Unless you have contracted someone to do work and that work was done incorrectly, you have no one to blame but yourself if your well-being is compromised because of your home’s condition. In a rental situation, that’s not necessarily true. To find out how both parties can protect themselves and work together to make sure home conditions are safe, we’re turning to our panel of legal professionals.

It’s time to weigh in.

If a tenant sustains injury on the property, is there insurance available to protect the landlord?

If a tenant is injured on the property owned by the landlord, is the landlord held liable? What if the injury occurs inside the property?

What type of damages is a landlord required to cover?

Is there ever a situation where a personal injury lawyer should handle a case involving an injury on a rental property?

We’re excited to hear back from our legal professionals. Check back later in the week to see what advice they have to give about rental property liability!

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