A Warning to Negligent Apartment Building Landlords
Financial strains created by the economic fallout of COVID-19 are renewing concerns about the safety of NYC properties during the pandemic, especially when it comes to landlords and their obligations to ensure safety on their premises.
While these concerns may mirror those that have cropped up in years past, such as in the wake of reforms strengthening legal protections for renters, the message remains the same: apartment building owners and landlords can’t shirk their responsibilities for performing necessary repairs and maintaining a safe premises simply because of the current state of the economy.
NYC tenant law and laws of negligence and liability make it clear that landlords must take reasonable measures to address hazardous conditions on their property.
Economy No Excuse for Failing to Ensure Safety on Premises
No matter if landlords choose to blame the economy or cut corners knowing tenants have few other options for housing, their obligations as owners of residential property are unchanged. They still owe tenants and visitors a duty of care.
Unfortunately, some landlords may try to reduce their losses by taking shortcuts on basic maintenance or letting properties fall into disrepair.
Common problems experienced by tenants may include:
- Unpaid utility bills for public spaces
- Declines in maintenance and repairs
- Inadequate security or lack of security cameras
- Cracked balconies, stairs, and floors
- Rodent infestations, mold, and garbage
- Broken elevators, lights, staircases, and door locks
- Open holes and related hazards
Tenants experiencing these problems have every reason to be concerned about their safety. These types of hazards can increase risks for premises accidents, slip and falls, and criminal assaults, and the resulting injuries can put victims in even tougher financial strains.
Fortunately, there are ways to hold negligent property owners accountable.
Premises Liability & Victims’ Rights
Our attorneys at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. want property owners any anyone who owns or manages an apartment building in New York to know they are ultimately responsible for taking reasonable steps that ensure the building is safe for residents and visitors – regardless of the state of the economy.
As Attorney David Perecman notes:
“A slip and fall injury or an assault resulting from a hazard that the landlord or manager knew about – or should have known about – entitles the victim to justice, often achieved through a claim or a lawsuit.”
By pursuing a personal injury lawsuit on grounds of premises liability, tenants and others injured by unsafe property conditions can seek a financial recovery from the responsible party, such as a property owner and / or property management company.
When successful, a premises claim can allow victims to recover compensation for:
- Hospital and medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages and lost future income
- Pain and suffering
- Other economic and non-economic losses
If you or someone you love has suffered preventable harm due to a hazardous condition at your apartment building or another neglected property, our NYC attorneys at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. are available to discuss your case and legal options during a FREE consultation. Call (212) 577-9325 or contact us online to speak with an attorney.