Air conditioner repairs averaging 200-day wait times; smoke detector repairs on hold for 236 days; broken fire sprinkler-repair wait times in excess of 224 days. Such is the unacceptable standard of living in New York City Housing Authority-owned “affordable” housing properties, according to a recent report. Whoever the owner, landlords have a legal duty to maintain safe living standards in buildings they rent to others. When injuries are caused by long waits on necessary repairs, landlord behavior falls below the standard of care and is negligent. If you or someone you love lives in a landlord-operated building and has suffered an injury due to the landlord’s negligence, do not hesitate to contact a New York Landlord Negligence Attorney at Peters Berger Koshel & Goldberg, P.C. for a free consultation to evaluate your case.
What is Negligent Landlord Conduct?
Negligent behavior is anything that falls below the landlord’s duty of reasonable care with respect to the maintenance of the property. This could mean that there is a defective or faulty piece of equipment on the premises, or a reported repair was not fixed within a reasonable time. Whatever the cause of the injury, it is the landlord’s responsibility when someone is injured on his or her property. Landlords who refuse to comply with repair and safety standards expose everyone in their buildings to unnecessary harm. Moreover, when the landlord at fault is the city (who should be enforcing the safety regulations) the perpetrators must be held accountable for the injuries that arise as a result of their behavior.
The State of New York has enacted laws to protect the safety of the city’s apartment residents. These laws apply to all buildings that house multiple tenants, regardless of the fact that the city is the building owner. Many NYC landlords (including the city itself) ignore the laws and allow the properties they own and/or manage to fall into disrepair and in habitability. All landlords and property owners must follow all city and state laws and regulations in keeping their property safe for residents and their visitors in both the private and communal areas. Common violations include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Fires when smoke alarms or sprinklers are not repaired;
- Exposed wires or equipment;
- Excessively hot water;
- Broken locks and inadequate security;
- Faulty elevators;
- Wet spots or leaks leading to exposed water;
- Holes in walls leading to vermin infestation;
- Faulty lighting; and
- Sharp objects in hallways.
Contact a New York Landlord Negligence Attorney if You Have Been the Victim of Negligent Behavior by a New York City Landlord
Landlord negligence cases involve complex legal issues and complicated sets of facts. The issues are complicated further when the city itself is the landlord. When you contact the skilled New York Landlord Negligence Attorney at Peters Berger Koshel & Goldberg, P.C. at 718-596-7800 or 1-800-836-7802, you can be certain that we will advise you of all of the rights you may have with respect to your damages or injuries, including a civil personal injury lawsuit or contractual lawsuit for breach of lease agreement. Whether you feel as though you can afford it or not, trust that we will provide you with a free consultation. If we advise you that you have a case, we will ensure that you and your family will receive maximum compensation for pain and suffering, lost earnings, past and future medical bills, and other damages you may have incurred.