I Have Asked My Landlord Several Times to Fix a Dangerous Problem. What Can I Do to Protect Myself?

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You are renting an apartment or a house, and you have noticed a dangerous problem. Maybe it is exposed wiring that could lead to fire or even electrocution. Maybe it is a loose floorboard that could lead to tripping and being injured on nearby furniture or appliance. Or maybe it is a leak that could lead to a slip or the accumulation of deadly black mold.

When you are renting an apartment or house, your landlord has a responsibility to make the dwelling safe. If you notice a potentially dangerous problem like those listed above, or similar, you should notify your landlord right away about the problem to have it fixed.

Unfortunately, not all landlords are responsive or meet their obligations. It is important to document what you have done to notify your landlord about the problem and your request to have it fixed. You can do this by sending your notification by e-mail or through a letter sent by certified mail. Be sure to provide details about the problem and to specifically ask to have it fixed. Take photos both for documentation and for sending in with your request to your landlord.

Simply asking your landlord verbally to fix the problem is not enough. Should your landlord neglect or refuse to fix the problem, it is important to have tangible documentation that you provided notification about the problem and requested to have it fixed. You can use this to appeal to a local housing court, or to take the matter further in a civil case, if necessary.

Should you become injured as a result of the problem, this documentation will become even more important.

North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers

If you have become injured because of a problem in your apartment or house that your landlord refused to fix, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 or contact us online for a free evaluation of your case and to find out if one of our North Carolina personal injury lawyers may be able to help you.