[Part 1 of 4] Are landlords responsible for a tenants’ safety and security?
We wanted to do a 4 part series covering some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to landlords protecting their tenants from crime (according to FindLaw).
In most states and jurisdictions, landlord responsibilities cover, at least to some degree, protection of their tenants.
This protection responsibility may impose a legal duty on the landlord to take steps to protect their tenants from thieves, assailants and criminal acts from other tenants. In addition to this responsibility to the tenants, landlords may also be partially responsible for protecting the surrounding community from criminal acts of the tenants. In increasing numbers, landlords are being brought to court by tenants that have been injured by criminals while in their rental properties. Settlements from these cases often reach into the millions of dollars, especially when a similar assault or crime occurred on the same rental property in the past.
Watch out for our next post “Are there ways that a landlord can limit his/her responsibility for the criminal acts of others that are not tenants?”