Can I sue my landlord if they failed to make repairs and I was injured as a result?

I have asked on many occasions would she fix the holes in the floor. She has told me no, that she would only fix it if she could up my rent. We do not have a lease. Then, a couple of days ago, I fell completely

through the house and have sprang my ankle. I will be out of work and she still will not fix it.

Asked on October 24, 2017 under Personal Injury, Louisiana

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You can likely sue your landlord. All rentals come with what is known as the "implied warranty of habitability": this is the obligation, imposed by law, on landlords to provide rentals that are safe and fit for their intended purpose. This obligation includes having to fix known dangerous conditions, such as ones that a tenant has made the landlord aware of. The landlord's refusal to fix a dangerous condition which you provided notice of--and whose repair you requested--can make the landlord liable for any injuries you suffer due to her negligence (or unreasonable carelesness) in failing to make the repair.


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