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You may have heard about premises liability, the legal principle that holds a property owner responsible when a person who is on that property legally falls and gets injured because of a reasonably preventable trap, like a wet floor or broken step. Most people think of premises liability applying in stores, malls, hotels and other places that are open or semi-open to the public. But if you rent a home in Florida and suffer a serious fall on the premises, your landlord might have to compensate you for your injuries.
When a Jacksonville landlord leases a house, townhouse or apartment, they begin to owe several legal duties to their new tenants. These include:
Essentially, your landlord is supposed to make sure your apartment is reasonably safe before you move in and is responsible for repairing dangerous defects promptly after you notify them. Besides things that can cause a slip-and-fall accident, landlords are also responsible for keeping the premises reasonably secure from crimes like assault. If someone sneaks into your apartment building due to a broken lock on the door and attacks you, you may be able to sue your landlord for compensation.
Many landlords are large companies with high legal budgets to defend themselves against litigation. But if the facts are on your side, a large settlement or jury verdict is possible.