Landlord Liability for Rental Property Fires
Did you know, according to the National Fire Protection Association, the leading factor contributing to home heating fires was “failure to clean, principally creosote from solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys?” As a renter, do you know when the last time your landlord cleaned your heating equipment?
As the weather gets colder, it is time for us to turn on the heat to keep our homes warm. For many people who live in a rental property, this can be concerning. In New York State, tenants have legal rights and landlords have a responsibility for maintaining rental property that is safe and habitable at all times. This includes resolving:
- Water leaks and damage that could lead to mold formation
- Defective smoke alarms
- Cracked, broken or otherwise dangerous sidewalks
- Loose stair railings
- Warped or crumbling staircases
- Elevator malfunctions
- Electrical issues
- Poor lighting conditions
- Faulty mechanicals (furnace, hot water tank, etc.)
If a tragedy occurs, such as a home fire, and you suffer a personal injury, your landlord can be liable if there was failure to properly maintain the home. If you or a loved one were a victim of landlord negligence, our compassionate legal team is available for you. We represent tenants from all walks of life and are proud of the settlements and legal decisions we’ve made on their behalf.
E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy has offices in Albany, Schenectady, Troy and Saratoga Springs, NY, offering clients flexible appointments, including evenings and weekends, upon special request. We are also available 24/7 for emergency situations by calling (518) 274-5820.