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When is a landlord liable for threats to your personal safety?

Renting property in New York City can be a long and challenging process. As a tenant of a rented property, you know that you still have rights even though you do not own the property. However, you may be unaware of what those rights entail. If you believe that your safety is at risk or you suffered physical harm because of the action or inaction of your landlord, you may have the right to seek legal recourse. 

Tenants would be wise to fully understand to what degree their safety is the responsibility of their landlord. You should not have to live in unnecessarily dangerous conditions or suffer harm from threats or risks that were not your fault. If you believe you have a case against your landlord, you have no time to lose in seeking the full protection of your rights.

What are the landlord's responsibilities?

When renting, you may be concerned about the safety of your location. In addition to the ramifications of toxic exposure and dangerous premises, you could be seriously hurt if criminal activity and other similar threats are present in your building. While your landlord cannot be responsible for everything that happens, there are certain things for which he or she must be accountable, and these include:

  • The landlord is usually responsible for ensuring that there is no criminal activity in the building.
  • In most cases, the landlord is responsible for ensuring that each dwelling has certain security measures, such as a deadbolt, sliding chain lock and more.
  • Landlords are responsible for reasonable security efforts, such as security lighting outside of the building and ensuring that stairwells and hallways have adequate lighting.
  • Your landlord is also responsible for ensuring the building is up to code and that renovations do not place residents at risk for physical injuries.

If your landlord is responsible for what happened to you, he or she is financially liable for any physical, financial and emotional trauma you endured.

Protecting the rights of New York renters

It is smart not only to be fully aware of your rights but also to know what to do if you suffer injury because of the negligent or reckless actions of your landlord. Your landlord may not have your best interests in mind, but you can fight for your interests and seek the support necessary to hold the liable parties accountable.

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