326756-tb-roof leak (before) bathroom ceiling collapse (2)In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the answer to the question of who is responsible for an injury in a rented home or apartment depends on several factors. The most important factor is the lease, and whether the lease states that it is the landlord’s responsibility or the tenant’s responsibility to maintain the portion of the property where the accident occurred. Typically, landlords are responsible for the common areas of a property, such as a shared stairwell or sidewalks outside the property. A Landlord’s duty also depends on your purpose for being at the property at the time of the injury. Once you are able to determine that the landlord was responsible for the maintenance of the property, several other elements must be proven in order to maintain a lawsuit.

 One example of an instance that dealt with premises liability concerned a neglectful landlord that failed to maintain his property. In this matter, Freundlich & Littman aggressively fought for our injured client and negotiated a sizable settlement within 3 months.  Our client lived in an apartment complex in University City neighborhood of Philadelphia.  After complaining several times about water leaks in her apartment, our client’s ceiling collapsed on her while she was sleeping.  Unfortunately, debris from the ceiling landed directly on her face leaving permanent scars.

Here at Freundlich & Littman, LLC, we have represented numerous tenants who have been hurt or injured as a result of the landlord’s failure to maintain the property. If you or a loved one have been hurt or injured in a rental property, please contact us for a free consultation and we will be happy to sit down with you and discuss whether you have the right to sue. If you would like to read more about premises liability issues, please click here.

We can be reached at (215) 545-8500 or at info@FreundlichandLittman.com.