A: In certain circumstances, a landlord may be liable for a tenant’s injuries which resulted from a building fire. Each case requires analysis by a qualified injury lawyer who will assess the facts and provide advice on how to proceed.
In general, landlords who fail to provide working smoke detectors/fire alarms may be liable in the event of a tenant’s injury or death resulting from a fire in a building such as an apartment complex, dorm or house.
Many local municipalities have ordinances which require landlords to provide smoke detectors, egress and/or fire extinguishers, and a landlord’s failure to adhere to such ordinances may subject them to liability in tenant injury situations.
In addition, landlords may be liable if their negligence led to the fire. A landlord who fails to provide working doors or provides inadequate lighting which leads to criminal access by an arsonist may be liable for a tenant or guest’s injury.
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