Knowledge of Property Owner or ManagerKnowledge of the property owner is a significant factor in assessing liability. When the property owner had prior knowledge liability can be imposed on them for failure to disclose. For example if they had prior knowledge from other tenants or previous tenant in the same unit and failed to act, liability will be imposed. A property owner owes a duty to current and incoming tenants to provide a habitable space. When they fail to remediate issues such as bed bugs, they are failing to provide such a space. When a property owner with knowledge fails to inform tenants of the issue they will be liable for any injuries sustained. Property owners who have prior knowledge are required to inform tenants of potential issues. However, in many cases property owners neglect to mention the issue. As a result unsuspecting tenants lease or rent a property without being aware of potential bed bug infestations. This can result in loss of valuables including furniture and bedding as well as personal injuries.
Call (213) 389-3765 to set up a free, no obligation consultation to find out if you have a case.Proving that the property owner had knowledge requires some extensive investigation. Our offices will generally subpoena records and search for any past complaints to the city. Usually our investigation will lead to past knowledge by the property owner. In many cases this will be indicative of past knowledge, which will expose them to liability.
Conduct of Property OwnerMuch like knowledge, conduct is equally important. Conduct refers to how the property owner acted. Did they conceal any important facts? Were they proactive in resolving the issue? These are all factors that are considered. Unfortunately most property owners are not proactive when it comes to handling these types of issues. Instead they do the exact opposite. Many lie or misinform tenants of the issues. Others fail to provide a remedy and obligate the tenant to pay the costs for such remediation. Downtown LA Law Group for a free case evaluation. Our attorneys are happy to assist you in reviewing your case. All cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, no recovery no fee guarantee.
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