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How is your New York landlord required to keep your rental safe?

Accidents happen in and around the home all the time. In many cases, you might be the one responsible for getting hurt. For example, you might have climbed onto an unstable chair to change a lightbulb and fallen. You could have reached into a sink full of soapy water and grabbed a sharp knife and cut yourself. However, in other cases your landlord or property manager might be held liable for an accident at your apartment or rental home in Schenectady.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there are many steps a New York property owner must take to ensure a rental dwelling is safe and habitable for tenants. These include the following:

  • Keeping stairs and walkways in good repair
  • Making sure public traffic areas are clean and free of ice or debris
  • Ensuring common areas are well lit
  • Providing regular maintenance to living units and common areas
  • Addressing vermin and pest issues

It is vital that your landlord makes sure your home is a safe place to live. Failing to do so could have serious consequences. For example, you might slip on an icy walkway and hurt your back. Faulty wiring could cause a fire, and a malfunctioning smoke detector could fail to alert you of the danger. If a lock to a community pool is broken or missing, a child could wander in and drown.

An unsafe property condition can result in legal as well as safety issues. It is important, however, to understand that this blog content is meant as general information and not to be taken as legal advice.

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