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Property owners have certain responsibilities to try to minimize the risk of someone being hurt in an accident on the property. When they fail to live up to these responsibilities and someone is injured as a result, the owner may be forced to compensate the injured person.

This legal theory is known as premises liability, and it can work in many types of cases. In one common scenario, a building owner fails to repair an unsafe stairway, which leads to someone falling and suffering an injury. In this type of case, the landlord may be forced to compensate the injured person for medical expenses and other costs related to the accident.

For landlords, there are additional requirements. Under California law, when a landlord rents an apartment or house to a tenant, the property must be habitable. Generally speaking, this means that the landlord must repair any problems that make the property unhealthy for the tenant to live in, such as:

  • Gas leaks
  • Inadequate plumbing
  • Unsafe stairs
  • Unsafe emergency exits
  • Smoke detectors
  • Inadequate protection against the weather

What makes a property “habitable” falls under several categories of law, including real estate law and environmental law. If someone is injured, that involves premises liability law. Therefore, you need an experienced lawyer on your side who understands how all of these laws connect.

Injured Due To Unsafe Living Conditions?

If you have been injured because of unsafe living conditions at your home, you may be afraid to report the problem because you fear that your landlord will evict you. It’s important to know that there are laws that can protect you.

At the Oceanbridge Law Firm, APC we often represent people who have been injured due to unsafe living conditions. It is important to us that we stand up for you and your rights. Discuss your case with our attorney by calling 818-668-3359. You can also send an email through our online contact form.


We are located in Van Nuys, California, and our skilled attorney represents clients from Sherman Oaks, Santa Monica, and all over the Los Angeles area.


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