Can You Sue A Landlord For His Negligence?

@GB2988 (194)
United States
January 26, 2007 5:17pm CST
Can You Sue A Landlord For His Negligence?Is a landlord responisble for taking Ice off of the stairs to get into the appartment building? Also is he responisble for him to fix the broken post where people can hold on to? He comes to the apartment building every day and you will think he would fix the post where you can hold on to, since he doesnt want to clear the ice and lay salt on the steps. But he doesnt do anything. To say if someone would to get hurt, like slip and hurt their back or even broke a bone. Could that tenant sue the lanlord for pain & suffering and stuff like that? Also what kind of lawyer would handle a case like this? What are some cases like this?
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@Phlamingho (7831)
• Denmark
26 Jan 07
I think you can. I mean why shouldn't you be able to? The landlord clearly didn't do what he was suppose to, and put you at risk.
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@GB2988 (194)
• United States
26 Jan 07
he knows you can slip on the ice that is on the step. and the post where you can at least hold on to is broken since Aug. And he still havent fixed it. He came to the apartment one day and he layed out dirt/salt near his truck where he had to walk so he wouldnt slip.
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@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
26 Jan 07
I had this same problem once, the thing that decides whether or not he is responsible is this. Is this the same entrance he uses to enter the building? Is it a complex a building with more than one apartment? If it is then, yes he is responsible for keeping the step clean of ice and snow, as well as maintaining it. I lived in an apartment once that was part of a house, the owner of the house rented me the basement, and it had a separate entrance than the one he used, my ex-wife at the time slipped and cut he head open on the entrance we used, I approached the owner of the house about this and he told me he was not responsible for that area of the house so long as I was renting it, I then went to see a lawyer about this and he said the same thing, if the entrance is not used by the owner, and only me, then I am responsible for that area, and that I had to have renters insurance to cover me should anything happen, the landlord or owner was not responsible, however, If I was to slip and fall on his entrance way then he would be responsible and vice versa.
@GB2988 (194)
• United States
26 Jan 07
it is a house, with two apartments...where the tenants have to go in and out. that is the only way in getting in and out of the apartment.would he be responible for fixng these problems. The landlord doesnt live here, tho, just the tenants, but he still be responible?
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@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
26 Jan 07
Yes he is responsible, it is a duplex system with 2 apartments therefore he is responsible to take care of this building and its tenants. Question him on it, and see what he says, if you're not satisfied then phone the rentals man society, as they can contact the landlord and request that he fix the problems. Another way to approach this is see if the landlord is a busy man, if so, make him an offer to give you the money needed to make the repairs and to buy the salt and sand with, this way you and the other tenants could use this money to buy what you need to fix the rail, and buy salt, and maybe he could deduct a little money off your rent to pay you for this service.
@GB2988 (194)
• United States
26 Jan 07
This landlord is different, he can tell me over and over and he doesnt do anything. He seems like he really doesnt care. Becasue the post has been broken since Aug. and he comes and just put it along the side of the house, inside of jus fixing it. Which can maybe take like 10-15mins. You would also think he would hammer in or take out the nails that poking out since the post got broken, but no not him. Sometimes people open there eyes when they see a judge, lawyer and jury in front of them.
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