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When is my landlord responsible for an injury on the property?

You want your family and your guests to be safe when they are in your home in Nevada. For example, you may take care to keep your sidewalk and steps clear of debris and ice. Landlordology points out, though, that if you are renting the property, the threat of a fall may be your landlord's responsibility if it comes from a crack in the concrete.

If your landlord knows about a dangerous condition on the property, he or she should tell you about it. On the other hand, although your landlord should make repairs when necessary for safety, it may be that he or she could not have known about the issue. In that case, it is your duty to make sure to report the problem promptly so that it can be corrected before anyone is hurt.

You should also do what you can to ensure that other residents or guests are also aware of a danger so they can avoid it. If there is an unstable tree, for example, you should inform your landlord, and then put up a barrier to keep people from walking around or under it until it can be removed.

Your landlord may be liable if there is a known security issue that is not addressed. If a window on a dark corner of the house has been repeatedly broken by a burglar, for example, the landlord should install proper lighting, and should also inform you of the incidents in the past. The information included here is general in nature, and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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