Dangerous Tenant Liability for Landlord

By E-Renter Tenant Screening
Posted on October 9, 2008 under Landlord Tenant Lawsuits | icon: commentBe the First to Comment

It is important for landlords to understand the liability placed on them through the actions of tenants! If a landlord allows a tenant who poses a danger to others to remain in a property, the landlord may become liable for the actions of that tenant.

There are many actual court cases holding a landlord responsible. In Rosales v. Stewart (California), the landlord knew that the tenant discharged firearms on the property, and did nothing to stop it. A neighbor child was killed by a gunshot fired by that tenant. The court found the landlord was under a duty to third persons to remove dangerous conditions on the property, even if it meant removing the tenant.

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