Whatt o do if my car was stolen from in front of my trailor last night?

I called the office for my trailor park and was told break-ins have been happening for over a week and at least one other car was stolen last week. The trailor park is suppose to have 24 hour security in our park and the office lady said she has to find out “what happened to security last night”, as if they weren’t doing there job. The trailor park, knowing about the thefts and break ins did not inform any tenants as to the problem warning us to watch out. Are they in any way liable for my car theft since their security wasn’t fullfilling their job and they were aware of this issue for at least a week?

Asked on September 21, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

IF you can show 1) that the trailer park had promised to provide security and taken on the obligation to provide security (since the law does not make them do this), and 2) the only reason the theft occured was because of some defect or inadequacy in security, then you may be able to hold the park responsible for the theft. Be aware that it will be difficult to show this; the normal assumption is that a landlord or trailer park is not responsible for theft of tenant property, since a person is not generally responsible for the criminal acts of third-parties not under his/her/its control. It takes exceptional circumstances to impose liability in cases like this.


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