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Compensation Claims Against Landlords

29 Jul 2016

For an injured person to be successful in a claim for compensation against a landlord or property manager, it must be proved that the injury was caused by the negligence of the landlord.

Negligence in this context usually means the landlord failed to maintain the property. For example, an electric shock from a faulty light switch or falling through rotten boards on a balcony.

What is most important to establish is that the landlord knew or ought to have known of the defect in the property. This is why proper attention should be given to the completion of property inspection reports and that any defects discovered in the property once you move in be reported in writing to the landlord or the property manager immediately.

The landlord also owes a duty under the Residential Tenancy Agreement to keep the rented premises in good and proper repair. So claims for compensation can be made for breach of agreement, as well as for negligence.

Claims for compensation can include money for pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses and loss of income.

So if you need some advice about claiming compensation against a landlord or property manager for an injury sustained as a tenant or even as a visitor, then please feel free to contact us on 1300 302 318.