If you’re looking for free legal advice about what you can do to make sure your landlord helps properly take care of your property, then you’re in the right place. A landlord is obligated to make sure the property is safe and livable for all tenants. Safety should be the number one concern because unsafe conditions can lead to a personal injury. If the injury occurs because the landlord negligently failed to repair the dangerous conditions, then the tenant or visitor is liable to sue the landlord in a personal injury case. However, in order for the personal injury case to be successful, there must be proof that the landlord knew about the dangerous conditions and still failed to fix them.
For example, there could be a large pothole in the middle of an apartment complex parking lot crosswalk that can cause someone to misstep and break an ankle. In order to avoid this injury, the property owner should repair the pothole in order to level the street and make it safe for pedestrians crossing.
Many property owners are on top of problems such as these, but if you happen to live in a complex that has an owner who is not open to informal feedback about repairs around the property, then you may want to follow these steps to make sure the property owners is officially made aware. The keyword here is “officially” because any informal attempt won’t hold up as strongly in court if a personal injury lawsuit ever needs to be pursued.
How To Officially Alert A Property Owner Of Dangerous Conditions
Take Pictures and Make Prints
In today’s digital age, it’s easy to snap a few photos on a smartphone and email them to the property owner who may need to see them in order to make the correct repairs. However, if it comes to a lawsuit, these pictures and emails can be easily deleted and proof of receipt is hard to verify.
Instead, take the photos and get them printed with a time stamp.
Write A Statement
Along with the photos, it is best to have a written statement that you are notifying the property owner of the problem you see at the property. Describe it in detail, and maybe even provide a few suggestions about how would like to see the conditions repaired in order to bring safety back to the property.
Send The Notice Via Certified Mail
As mentioned earlier, when photos and a statement are sent via email, it is not easy to prove that the landlord received them. Instead, the photos and statement should be sent through the U.S. Postal Services’s certified mail program. This requires the recipient to provide a signature before accepting the parcel. It also alerts you, the sender, that the signature has been collected and the package delivered. This is proof that the landlord was made aware of the problem at hand, which is necessary for a strong personal injury lawsuit down the line.
If this advice comes a bit too late and you or someone you know have already suffered an injury because of an unrepaired dangerous condition, then you may be in a position to file a personal injury lawsuit against the property owner. Andry Law Group has experienced lawyers who can help you through your case.
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