It’s not uncommon for apartments to have some safety issues. When you combine a large building with a large number of tenants, it’s easy for problems to arise. A few of the most common complaints filed by apartment tenants include black mold, pests, gas leaks, faulty smoke alarms, and electrical concerns. These issues can cause injury, illness, or even death if they are not taken care of quickly.
While tenants are responsible for keeping their living environment clean, it is the landlord’s responsibility to make sure all apartments under his or her control are safe and repairs are made promptly. If a tenant requests that the HVAC system, electrical system, or any other apartment systems be repaired, the landlord should promptly check out the problem and have it fixed if needed.
If you’re a tenant who’s noticed a safety issue in your apartment, it’s your responsibility to notify your landlord right away. If the landlord fails to make necessary repairs and you suffer an injury as a result, you may want to pursue a personal injury case. Many personal injury lawyers find similarities in apartment negligence claims and know how to present a good case for the injured person(s).