If you rent an apartment in New York, you have the right to expect your landlord to take certain security precautions to keep you and the other tenants safe. The law states that landlords must provide a reasonably safe environment for building residents by taking all steps necessary to prevent foreseeable crimes.

In New York City, the following safety measures are legally required:

  • Deadbolt and doorknob locks on all doors leading into the residence
  • Chain locks and peepholes on each unit’s entrance door if the building contains multiple units
  • Window guards in any residence occupied by a child under the age of 10 as well as apartment building common areas
  • Window guards in any unit where the tenant has requested that they be placed

Once installed, the landlord is legally obligated to keep all of these door locks and window guards in good working order. If a tenant reports a problem, then it must be addressed as quickly as possible. When a landlord knowingly allows substandard security conditions to exist in his or her building, he or she is putting the occupants at risk and can be held liable for incidents like the following:

  • Physical and/or sexual assault
  • Mugging and robbery
  • Stabbing
  • Kidnapping
  • Death
  • Other accidents or injuries that could have been prevented

Security standards apply to more than only the physical premises. If another tenant is verbally and/or physically abusive toward you and you report it, then the landlord must deal with the threat. If they don’t, and the abusive tenant grabs you and throws you down the stairs one day, causing serious injuries, then your landlord is liable because they knew about the danger and did nothing about it.

Premises liability law holds landlords liable for injuries and accidents that take place on their property. Other parties can also be held responsible: many property owners or managers contract with independent security providers to provide security services at their buildings. The liability of these outside entities depends on several different factors, including whether they violated a contractual duty or failed to secure the building properly.

If you have been subjected to robbery, assault, rape, and other traumas due to your landlord providing substandard security measures, then contact a New York personal injury attorney immediately. You may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Hospital and ambulance bills
  • Medical and rehabilitative treatment costs
  • Prescription medications
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

An experienced New York premises liability attorney will investigate the circumstances that led to your injuries and help you decide how to pursue legal action. The compensation you receive for your landlord’s failed security measures can help sustain you financially as you work toward recovery. If you were injured at home due to your landlord’s negligence, then contact the law office of Jayson Lutzky,P.C. You may be entitled to significant cash compensation for your injuries. Jayson Lutzky has over 33 years of experience and has helped recover millions of dollars for his past clients. Call 718-514-6619 to set up a free in-person consultation.