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June 9th, 2012

In PA or NJ can a landlord be sued when a crime occurs on a rental property?

In PA or NJ can a landlord be sued when a crime occurs on a rental property?

A: In some cases, a landlord may be sued for a crime which occurs on property. Each case is unique and so it is important to speak to a qualified lawyer who has experience in these kinds of “negligent security” cases.

In Pennsylvania or New Jersey, residential and commercial landlords which fail to provide reasonable security measures to protect tenants and guests can be sued for injury which occurs as a result of crime. The following factors are important in determining whether a landlord can be successfully sued for negligent security:

  • type of rental property (i.e., high-rise, apartment complex, etc.),
  • nature of the crime,
  • prior complaints of crime, and
  • prior complaints of security issues (i.e., broken doors, locks or poor lighting).

Under the laws of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, a landlord will not be held liable in a negligent security case unless there is sufficient evidence that the landlord either knew of or should have foreseen the criminal activity.

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Published: June 9, 2012