You're walking back to your dorm after an evening at the gym, and three people jump out and attack you. Maybe it's a random attack or maybe they're trying to take your wallet. Either way, you find yourself asking one important question in the wake of the incident: Was the school liable?
You've probably heard that your landlord has to maintain your rental property. Naturally, most landlords want to do this to keep the property's value high and protect their investment. However, there is also a legal obligation to do a number of things to keep you safe. These things include:
When a landlord rents to tenants who have children, it's important for him or her to make sure the space is safe for kids. Naturally, some childproofing should be done by the parents -- the landlord doesn't have to put caps in all the electrical outlets, for example -- but the space needs to be generally safe. A few examples of things a landlord could do include:
Your landlord has an obligation to keep your residence in good condition. This doesn't mean that cosmetic updates -- like updated trim or new bathroom fixtures -- have to be made, but that the residence has to be habitable and safe. Safety issues like broken banisters and exposed wiring need to be fixed.