Understanding Premises Liability
Often found in trip and fall cases, premises liability refers to a property owner or manager’s duty to maintain their property in a safe condition. Knowingly having hazardous conditions on your property and failing to remedy them may be considered negligent, which would have to be proven for a personal injury case.
For mobilehome park owners and tenants, this could mean taking extra care so that features within the community — homes, roads, amenities, etc. — are appropriately maintained to ensure the safety of residents, employees, and guests.
How It Affects Mobilehome Park Owners and Tenants
Mobilehome park owners have a duty to eliminate or warn tenants of potential hazards that may be on the grounds, and this includes the amenities that are available. For example, if there is a pool or additional body of water on the property, proper signage would need to be posted alerting individuals of potential drowning hazards and if a lifeguard is on duty.
However, individual tenants still assume the premises liability for their own homes. This means that they have a responsibility to fix potential hazards that may cause harm to visitors. While this could include what’s provided by the mobilehome park - smoke alarms, kitchen appliances, steps to the door, etc. - if the tenant notices that these are damaged or potentially dangerous and doesn’t fix or alert the park owner to fix them, they may assume liability.
Mobilehome Park Insurance
Mobilehome park owners have the option to purchase liability insurance in case someone gets injured or sick from conditions on the property. This is essentially the same kind of insurance that any landlord would obtain if they have renters on-site. Owners may also choose to require that tenants retain some form of renters insurance for personal property and liability protection.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
Peters, Habib, McKenna, Juhl-Rhodes & Cardoza, LLP wants all individuals to have safe and healthy living conditions, and if these are not being maintained by the property owner, then you can seek compensation for any injuries that occur. If you or a loved one has been injured from negligent conditions in a mobilehome park, call (530) 342-3593 to schedule a consultation.