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If you or someone you know has been hurt by negligent conditions of a building or sidewalk, contact the Law Office of Thomas More Holland immediately.

One of the surprising ways you’re protected by the law is against Landlord negligence. Landlord negligence often manifests itself in the following ways, and landlords are responsible for paying money for people injured:

  • Landlord negligenceLeaky roof
  • Malfunctioning toilet
  • Clogged drains
  • Damp and/or moldy walls
  • Broken steps
  • Infrequent garbage disposal
  • Cracked ceilings
  • Peeling paint
  • Unavailability of hot water
  • Poor heating system
  • Pests
  • Irresponsible maintenance personnel

We can add to that list:

  • Improper Sidewalk Care
  • Uneven floors (often because of leaky roof or damp walls)

3 Surprising Ways the Law Protects You Against Landlord Negligence

Repair and Deduct. Depending on the state, there is a law that allows you to notify the landlord via writing about landlord negligence property damage, including a reasonable amount it would take to repair said defect. If the landlord takes no action, you can hire a professional, buy the materials, and execute the repair yourself. Then deduct the aforementioned amount from your rent. Be aware that each state has limits on the amount that can be deducted, and that there are limits to this law.

Warranty of Habitability. In Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court ruled that landlords are responsible to keep their properties, “safe, sanitary and fit for human habitation.” If there is a violation of this warranty, the tenant has the right to withhold the proportion of rent relative to the proportion of the apartment affected. If the heat is broken, all rent can be withheld. If a toilet is leaky, the amount of rent withheld must be proportionate to the square feet affected.

Slip and Fall. If you or a loved one have been injured because of broken steps, improper sidewalk care, or uneven floors, hire an accident attorney. This is someone who has both the expertise and commitment necessary to protect you in your accidents. Slip and falls are one of the major cases of Landlord negligence that often go unresolved because the tenant is uninformed and unaided.

The Law Offices of Thomas More Holland are passionate about helping in case of Landlord negligence. Contact TMH Law today to see if you might have a claim, and find out how the law is on your side.