Negligent Landlords in Florida
Landlords have certain responsibilities under Florida law. The gist of that responsibility is landlords must provide safe living conditions for tenants. Specifically, landlords must:
- Comply with applicable building, health and housing codes.
- If there isn’t an applicable code, maintain the roofs, windows, doors, floors and all other structural components in good repair.
- Make reasonable provisions for pest extermination, including rats, roaches and bedbugs.
- Provide locks and keys.
- Keep common areas safe and clean.
- Provide for garbage removal.
- Make sure there is heat, running water and hot water.
Some of these rules don’t apply to landlords managing single-family homes or duplexes. Contact an experienced attorney for help understanding your rights as a tenant in that situation.
Also keep in mind that landlords are not responsible for negligent conditions created by a tenant, a member of the tenant’s family or someone on the premises with the tenant’s consent.
Examples of Tenant-Landlord Personal Injury Lawsuits
If a landlord doesn’t comply with the responsibilities enumerated under Florida law and that compliance failure results in tenant injury, the landlord could be the subject of a personal injury lawsuit. Here are a few examples:
In July 2017, an Orlando man was seriously injured when a garage ceiling collapsed on top of him. He filed a lawsuit against the property owner, alleging that the owner’s negligence in maintaining the rental property caused his injuries. He says that the owner failed to provide a safe environment for his tenant.
In June 2017, a man was walking in his leased St. Petersburg apartment when the floor collapsed beneath him. The tenant recently filed a lawsuit against his landlord, alleging that the defendant’s negligence caused his bodily injuries and pain and suffering. Specifically, the tenant says that his landlord had a duty to maintain the property and keep the floors reasonably safe for people to walk on.
In September 2016, a woman renting a condo in St. Petersburg slipped and fell on water resting on the floor area of the stairwell. She recently filed a lawsuit against the condo owner, alleging that the owner failed to maintain the stairwell in a safe condition and failed to warn tenants of the dangerous condition. She says the owner’s negligence caused her injuries.
In December 2013, the roof on a North Miami apartment complex collapsed during a storm, displacing residents for three weeks and damaging their property. Eleven current and former tenants sued their landlord, alleging that he knew about the damage but didn’t make repairs. Their complaint also alleged that the landlord threatened tenants with eviction if they didn’t sign a liability waiver.
Contact Us Today
Contact an Orlando personal injury attorney at The Pendas Law Firm today for a free consultation if you were injured by your landlord’s negligence. Our experienced attorneys will help determine whether you have a viable personal injury claim and help recover compensation for your injuries.
The Pendas Law Firm also represents clients in the Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Fort Myers, Tampa, Daytona Beach and Bradenton areas.