When you rent or lease an apartment or other housing, you are assured certain rights. The premises should be safe and maintained to prevent injuries from occurring. Landlords may be held liable for injuries that occur on rental properties in certain circumstances. If a broken staircase or exposed electrical wiring has caused an injury, you may be able to receive compensation from your landlord with the help of Burnside Law Firm.
With rental properties, the landlord is paid to allow you to live on the premises and maintain the property. This includes safety concerns. If you notice a rotting step on the staircase or a tree that may fall, it is important to report these hazards right away. The landlord needs to address safety issues, especially when they have been alerted to the issue. When the problem is not fixed and you or a guest are injured, they can be held liable for injuries and may need to pay compensation.
Landlords have a Responsibility to Ensure a Safe Premises
In Georgia, landlords must comply with both state and federal laws that ensure safety for tenants. This includes providing a well-constructed building that will not cause injury, as well as maintaining the building and completing needed repairs. It is also expected that the property be kept reasonably safe for the tenant from criminal activity. If an injury was to occur at an apartment building due to a criminal act, but the landlord did not provide adequate security, the landlord may be liable for the injury to their tenant.
If you have been injured due to the negligence of your landlord, it is wise to determine whether they may be liable to pay compensation for your injury. This can include covering medical bills, physical therapy, lost income and other financial considerations. Contact our team at Burnside Law Firm today to schedule an appointment for a free consultation to discuss your case.