Suing Your Landlord or Property Owner
Those who rent from a landlord or live in rental units in apartment buildings have certain rights and claims that can be protected. While there can be many reasons why Suing Your Landlord or property manager/owner, this article will discuss lawsuits due to injuries sustained on the property.
Personal Injury Claim
A personal injury claim can be brought against landlords, apartment owners or property managers. In California, these individuals have a duty to care for the property and ensure its safety and the safety of the residents. Therefore, if the landlord has knowledge of damage or an unsafe condition (by being alerted or through a routine inspection), they must warn people and repair the condition. Failure to act on this knowledge can result in a negligence claim. If the landlord acted negligently regarding maintenance and this resulted in a person becoming injured, the landlord can face a personal injury lawsuit.
Filing a lawsuit
A lawsuit can be filed by someone who was injured, and this includes a tenant, visitor, business visitor, and even trespasser. Dangerous and unsafe conditions can result in injuries like broken bones or sprains, as well as any other injuries to the body. These injuries can come about because the landlord failed to fix a problem with the flooring, stairs, ceiling, and etc. Within two years of sustaining the injury (statutory limit), the victim must file a lawsuit so that they can receive damages for things like medical bills and lost wages.