One type of slip and fall accident which may occur is a slip and fall which occurs in an apartment building or rented residential space. Often times the individual who is injured by a slip and fall in this situation is either the tenant of the apartment building or an individual who is an invited guest of the tenant.
Under New Jersey law, the landlord of a building has a duty to repair any known hazards in the commons areas or walkways of an apartment which may cause the slip and fall of a tenant or one of the tenant’s guests. If the landlord fails to correct any known hazards and an individual is hurt as a result, the landlord may be responsible for the harm caused. In many circumstances, the landlord may not be liable for any injuries which occur inside the tenants rented space, as the tenant has complete control over that area. However, as stated above, the landlord has a duty to ensure that all known hazards and defects are repaired in the common areas and walkways of the rented premises.
Some common types of tenant slip and falls which occur include fails due to an unsafe stairway inside the apartment building or an unsafe walkway because snow and or ice have not been properly removed.
Often times the landlord will have an insurance policy. Therefore, the insurance company will be the entity which defends the landlord in any suit brought against the landlord for negligent acts which occur on the landlord’s premises. The landlord will still likely be involved in any suit which is brought, as the landlord’s conduct will be the basis for the suit.
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