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Landlords in Pennsylvania are expected to maintain property that is safe for all of their tenants and other visitors. A landlord is not legally obligated to eliminate dangerous conditions on every area of his or her property, but common areas such as lobbies, hallways, stairwells, and parking lots.
Landlords can be considered either “in possession” if they have control over a portion of their rented property or “out of possession” if they do not retain any control. As the Pennsylvania Supreme Court noted in Henze v. Texaco, Inc., an out of possession landlord who leases his or her entire property can still be liable if:
Tenants, guests, or other lawful visitors can sustain severe or even fatal injuries because of a landlord’s negligence. This may include broken bones or catastrophic injuries from slip and falls, but it can also include being attacked by individuals who gain access to apartment complexes or rental properties because of negligent security or a failure to warn tenants of known criminal activity.
Landlords will seek any loophole to avoid liability for accidents that occur on their properties. They may claim that they were unaware of dangerous conditions. Most landlords have insurance companies ready to argue that the actions of victims contributed to or directly caused their own injuries.
If you sustained serious injuries or your loved one was killed because of a landlord’s negligence, the premises liability attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices will work as a team to investigate the circumstances of your accident and hold all liable parties accountable. Our firm represents clients on a contingency fee basis, which means that we only get paid if you receive financial compensation.
Call (610) 719-3190 today to have our Chester County landlord accident lawyers review your case during a free consultation. We have office locations in West Chester, Malvern, Plymouth Square, Philadelphia, Radnor, Kennett Square, King of Prussia, and Lancaster.
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