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January 28th, 2013

Is a landlord liable for sexual assault that happens at an apartment complex?

A: In certain situations, in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, landlords can be held liable when a tenant or guest is sexually assaulted at an apartment complex.

Tort or negligence law requires some act of negligence or wrongdoing on the part of the landlord which allows a criminal to gain access to his or her victim. The occurrence of sexual assault at an apartment complex is not, in and of itself, enough to make a landlord or any business owner liable for a sexual assault. Common kinds of negligent acts which form the basis for liability in these kinds of situations include failing to provide working door locks or adequate lighting.

In addition, the criminal conduct must have been reasonably foreseeable. In other words, the landlord must have reasonably anticipated that the criminal conduct must have occurred.  Click here to learn more landlord liability for sexual assault of tenants and guests in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

If you have been the victim of a sexual assault in an apartment complex, hotel or motel, it is best to speak to a knowledgeable negligent security liability and injury lawyer to discuss the facts of your case and determine the viability of a civil lawsuit.

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