Whether you are renting out your home to a tenant or the owner of your current residence, the diligence of care you provide to the property can impact its safety and your finances. As a landlord, you could find yourself dealing with negligence and liability lawsuits from tenants. As a homeowner, you could end up with premises liability claims from household visitors or guests. Claims that arise due to hazards are often complex and not easy to prove.
Fortunately, plaintiffs in accident claims that involve premises liability can take action to protect themselves and lessen the degree of liability they are responsible for.
Routinely inspect for hazards
Some hazards are not immediately obvious. Owners and landlords or their representatives should frequently inspect the premises for issues that could compromise the safety, habitability and enjoyment of their properties. Repairs and proper protocols should be undertaken by these parties to minimize the risk of accidents and trauma. If timely repairs are not possible, property owners should place notices in appropriate areas to inform others.
Due to the random nature of some hazards, delays may occur and prevent property owners from correcting them. They must take reasonable measures to eliminate or restrict access to dangerous conditions. Landlords often rely on tenants to inform them of property defects or issues that can impact their safety. Due diligence is necessary for property owners and their representatives to stay abreast of potential dangers without tenant input.
Due to the complex workings of accidents and premises liability law, documentation is key to the success of any claim. Proper documentation can help to weed out story inaccuracies, determine liability, ensure accountability and enable accident victims to receive fair compensation.