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When is your personal safety the responsibility of the landlord?

When you look for a home or business space to rent in North Carolina, one of your main concerns is your personal safety. As a renter, you have the right to assume you will be reasonably safe while on the premises of your rental, no matter your income, budget or rental payment each month.

It is prudent for renters to know how to protect their own rights, particularly as they pertain to their health and safety. When there are issues in your home or facility that eventually cause you harm, or you suffer an injury because of factors that you believe relate to landlord negligence, you do not have to suffer in silence. In fact, you have the right to take action, hold liable parties accountable and seek reasonable compensation for what you endured.

What should you know about tenant safety rights?

To a certain extent, your landlord is responsible for your personal safety. If you are unsure of your rights as a residential or commercial tenant, or you experienced an accident and injury, and are wondering if your landlord is to blame, consider the following:

  • Landlords are responsible for making sure that the premises are free from every type of criminal activity. This may include installing exterior lighting and installing appropriate locks on the doors.
  • Landlords may rid the premises of illegal activity by evicting tenants involved.
  • Landlords are responsible for making sure that all buildings meet code and do not contain any blatant safety hazards.
  • Landlords must make reasonable repairs within a reasonable amount of time.

If you suffered physical harm because of hazards in your rented property or other unnecessary risks to your personal safety in your rented home or business space, your landlord may be to blame. In some cases, it may be appropriate to seek financial compensation through a civil claim.

Taking a stand for your safety

Not only do you have the right to safety as a tenant, you have the right to stand up for yourself when a landlord's negligence leads to harm and injuries. You may feel overwhelmed by your current situation, but fortunately, you do not have to navigate the complexities of your situation alone.

One of the most beneficial things you can do when you believe you may have a case against your landlord is to seek a complete evaluation of your case. This can help you understand your options and help you move forward with an appropriate course of action.

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