Can I Sue My Landlord if I Was Assaulted in My Apartment?
Yes, depending on the facts of your case. A landlord can be held liable for a sexual assault, including rape, or physical beating that occurs in an apartment, a common area or a parking lot, if the incident happened because of the landlord’s negligence. It is generally negligence for a landlord not to fix a broken lock on a door or window, a broken light in a common area or parking lot, or not to provide security needed to keep residents and their visitors safe.
In one of our recent cases, a woman was raped in her apartment by an intruder. The landlord had not fixed a broken lock, which allowed the intruder entry into the apartment.
Our lawyers recovered a settlement for our client, and in doing so, held the landlord accountable for recklessly disregarding the safety of our client.
Apartment assault law is quite complex. Claims against landlords can be based on statutory law, contractual obligations, or a common law theory of reliance of security. You will need a lawyer to carefully consider the facts of your case and apply those facts to the law. A good lawyer will develop various arguments for landlord liability.
If you were beat up or raped in your apartment, an apartment common area, or an apartment parking garage, we will investigate to determine if others in addition to your landlord can be held liable for your injuries. For example, if the landlord hired a private security company, that company may be liable.