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What responsibilities do landlords have?

| Aug 3, 2017 | Premises Liability |

Ohio landlords have a certain duty to tenants to keep them safe and protected from both physical and financial damage. At Mezibov Butler, we explain the specific responsibilities that landlords have to you, and what that means for your protection on their property.

The first thing to understand is that landlords are responsible for anyone on their property. Not only does this include you, but also any visitors who don’t actually live on the property. House guests, friends, and family all fall under this category. As far as guaranteed safety goes, this includes keeping public areas easy to navigate and clean, and maintaining features like:

  • Plumbing
  • Heating and cooling
  • Ventilation
  • Electrical fixtures

Additionally, if anything needs to be repaired, it is the duty of the landlord to see that these things get fixed in a timely fashion. Injuries resulting from delayed repairs can be blamed on negligence on the part of the landlord.

Landlords can’t cut corners when it comes to management, either. There are plenty of health and safety requirements that must be followed or met in any building. As the owner of the building, it’s up to a landlord to ensure that these are being met.

In short, landlords have a lot to take care of and mistakes may happen. If you’re a tenant seeking more information about the property owner responsibilities that a landlord has to you and what compensation may be available if you’ve been injured by their negligence, take a look at our web page.