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When Landlords Don’t Maintain Safe Properties

August 5, 2015 Personal Injury

When you’re renting a home, it’s your landlord’s responsibility to keep it safe. Unfortunately, many landlords are busy and don’t have time to keep up with properties and their shortcomings; they have to rely on their tenants to make them aware of unsafe conditions and other issues that arise.

However, that doesn’t change the fact that the law holds landlords accountable for any harm caused by unsafe properties that they own.

What if You’re Injured on a Rental Property?

If you’re a tenant injured on a rental property, or if you were injured while visiting someone else’s rental home, you may be protected under Indiana law. Unsafe conditions can include:

  • Broken steps
  • Missing handrails
  • Uneven flooring
  • Standing water from broken appliances
  • Toxic mold growth
  • Uneven pavement outside the building or in parking areas

Naturally, this isn’t a comprehensive list. Under Indiana law, property owners owe a certain duty of care to their tenants, which includes maintaining a level of maintenance to prevent foreseeableinjuries to tenants, guests and workers.

If you’ve been injured on a rental property and you think that the landlord didn’t live up to his or her duty of care, you may have grounds for a premises liability lawsuit.

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