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.
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.