Virtually every state in this country, including North Carolina, have laws in place requiring landlords to maintain their premises in a livable condition. Tenants may be able to sue their property managers if their unit or premises are uninhabitable or unsafe.
Most leases contain standard language and provisions. It’s common for these rental agreements to spell out what makes for a safe and habitable residence. These contracts also include details about how to report problems with your rental unit or home. They generally also spell out what you can expect from your landlord when you do submit repair requests. Most situations tenants have don’t render a person’s dwelling as uninhabitable. Some do, though.
Either a severe rodent infestation or prolonged lead paint exposure can both put you at risk for developing diseases and result in other adverse medical outcomes. Your landlord’s failure to provide water, heat, sewage disposal and electricity can also cause you to fall ill in addition to making your place uninhabitable.
Your landlord should be quick to address factors such as structural defects or fire hazards. If they don’t and you suffer severe injuries as a result, then you may be able to file a lawsuit against your landlord.
It’s not uncommon for tenants and visitors to premises to sue landlords and property owners if they suffer injuries in their apartment complex’s parking lot or rental house’s driveway. Tenants often sue their landlords because they become victims of some crime due to low lighting as well.
Tenants who suffer injuries due to poor building or grounds maintenance, become ill due to a lack of cleanliness or suffer ill-effects due to inadequate security may be eligible to sue their landlord for damages associated with their injuries. A personal injury attorney can advise you whether North Carolina law allows you to recover compensation given your Wilson case’s circumstances.