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When Landlords Don’t Maintain Safe Properties

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August 5, 2015 | Premises Liability |

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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.

Unsafe Conditions Can Lead to Injuries

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 the following:

  • 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.

Landlords Have a Duty of Care

Under Indiana law, property owners owe a certain duty of care to their tenants, which includes maintaining a level of maintenance to prevent foreseeable injuries to tenants, guests, and workers.

Contact a Premises Liability Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been injured on a rental property and you believe the landlord didn’t live up to their duty of care, contact the Indianapolis Premises Liability Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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