Your Right to Hold Your Landlord Accountable for Negligence
When most of us think about a potential issue with an apartment or rental home, we think about being assigned a unit below several noisy young children or neighbors who park in our assigned spot. Unfortunately, some renters have to deal with much more serious implications.
News 4 Jax recently reported that city inspectors found several issues at multiple units at Downtown East Apartments in Jacksonville. In the course of just two days, inspectors uncovered that more than a dozen units were missing smoke detectors, multiple units were infested with rodents and roaches, and several units had damaged ceilings due to leaks from either a damaged roof or a plumbing leak from the floor above. Altogether, city workers opened 40 cases against the landlord of the property and reported 238 violations. The complex is owned by Flknarrs LLC, an Austin, Texas based entity that has repeatedly been in the news and inspected by the city’s code enforcement for failing to provide basic minimum housing standards.
This brings up one important question – can you sue your landlord if your landlord’s negligent actions lead to you being injured?
Understanding the Duty Owed by a Landlord
Generally speaking, landlords have a duty to maintain their premises in a safe condition for their renters. While the laws surrounding injury on private properties can be complicated, the law does make clear that it intends to protect tenants against the negligence and wrongdoing of landlords. As illustrated in the example above regarding the Jacksonville apartment complex, negligent actions don’t always involve physical injuries. But regardless, a landlord’s bad act can lead to a tenant being injured and when this happens, the tenant has the right to pursue recovery in the form of a personal injury lawsuit. Examples of a landlord’s negligence that can lead to injuries include:
- Conditions that lead to slip and falls.
- Failure to make repairs.
- Failing to provide basic housing standards.
What is the Statute of Limitations?
The deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit in Florida is four years from the date of the injury. In addition, keep in mind that Florida is a comparative fault state which means that damages are awarded according to the parties’ percentage of fault. In other words, plaintiffs can be partially at fault for their own injuries and receive less compensation as a result.
Turn to Us.
You should seek medical attention immediately if you’re injured as the result of what you suspect is negligence on the part of your landlord which will be crucial evidence if you file a personal injury lawsuit. Afterward, you should contact an experienced legal team to discuss your potential claim as early on as possible. As the experienced Jacksonville personal injury attorneys of The Pendas Law Firm, we have helped many people in similar circumstances and we have the experience that you need to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Contact us today to begin.
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