Your Landlord's Security Responsibilities

As you’re shopping for a new home, you and your family’s safety are more than likely at the forefront of your mind. Does this location provide adequate security for the crime that takes place? When speaking about the security of a new home, there are certain things to look for to ensure your landlord is providing the proper safety measures for the location.

Criminal Activity

A landlord’s primary responsibility, other than taking care of their property, is ensuring that the location is secure enough for the area. One way this is done is by looking at the crime stats for surrounding areas and getting security based on that.

Let’s say that you’re in an area of Philadelphia that doesn’t have the best criminal record. As you’re apartment shopping you come across an area you may be interested in. You begin your tour and begin to worry a bit, as you don’t see a gate, any street lights, or security cameras. If you were to get injured by criminal activity after moving in, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the landlord for negligent security—as they didn’t uphold their end of owning property.

Common Areas Negligent Security Crimes Take Place

While negligent security crimes may potentially take place anywhere, there are certain locations in which they occur most:

  • Parking lots, especially parking structures

  • Condo and apartment complexes

  • Shopping centers

  • Sporting events

  • Night clubs

As you can see, apartment complexes and parking lots are among some of the most common places that negligent crimes occur. Because of this, it is crucial that your landlord provides adequate security measures to protect their tenants.

Adequate Security

According to experts, a landlord has a duty to provide a safe environment with adequate security.

“What is adequate security?”

Adequate security can be defined as providing proper security based on location, lighting, and landscaping.

“How can I be sure my new apartment/condo has adequate security?”

While there is no guaranteed way to ensure your new living location provides adequate security, there are some things you can look for while out apartment hunting. Some signs of proper security include:

  • Security cameras

  • Proper lighting, especially in hallways and parking lots

  • Gates at the property entrance

  • Deadbolt locks on doors in working condition

  • Bushes and other greenery is up-kept, preventing additional criminal behavior

Don’t Let Another’s Negligence Change Your Life

Following an injury related to negligent security, it may feel as if there is nowhere left to turn. It can feel like a kick in the teeth to find out your landlord, who you trusted, acted out of negligence and caused injuries.

Working with a specialized Philadelphia negligent security attorney will ensure you take the proper steps in building a case to seek the compensation you deserve. Our team of staunch attorneys here at Kwartler Manus has been helping our clients pursue the compensation they merit.

Call us today at (267) 214-8608 to discuss your case over a free consultation, and see how we can help.

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