Broken Apartment Gates: A Liability Issue

On Behalf of | Apr 10, 2019 | Firm News |

Apartments buildings utilize and promote many different security features
in order to keep residents and visitors safe. Some of the most common
security features that complexes use include security guards, security
cameras, sufficient lighting, gates, extra door locks, and even the general
visible upkeep of the complex.

While these features are promoted in order to attract new residents, they
are not always kept up by the apartment owners. In fact, something that
seems as simple as a broken gate could quickly turn into a
inadequate security liability lawsuit.

Apartment Gates and Adequate Security Obligations

When defining what is deemed “adequate” security, one of the
requirements is that the security feature(s) must be the level of security
advertised or promised by the property owner or business proprietor.

Most apartment complexes advertise security features in order to attract
new tenants. Adequate security is typically one of the biggest selling
points for potential tenants, especially for those with children or older
adults. Many potential residents turn into current ones for this very
selling point. Who wouldn’t want to know that they are going to
be safe in their own home?

Many apartment complexes have gates as one of their security features.
If the gate is broken and the apartment complex does not take action to
fix it, it could turn into a negligent security lawsuit quickly.

Say that an apartment complex is located in an area in which crime is higher
than average. In the time that the gate was broken, an assault occurs
within the apartment complex. This would mean that the apartment owner
could be held liable for the crime due to the fact that 1. the owner(s)
knew that there was a higher rate of crime in the neighborhood and 2.
they did not take the necessary steps to fix the broken gate and prevent
the crime from happening.

Let Our Personal Injury Attorneys Help You

It can be devastating when you or a loved one is a victim of a crime in
a place where you felt most safe: your own home. If a crime was committed
against you due to the negligence of your property owner, it’s important
to remember that you have rights.

Our personal injury attorneys have years of experience representing victims
in negligent security lawsuits. We are a firm that is committed to
making Atlanta safe by educating property owners on the importance of adequate security as
well as providing victims with advocacy after they’ve been injured.

Pratt Clay, LLC at 404-566-9460 for a no-fee, no obligation consultation.