can i sue landlord for emotional stress

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can i sue landlord for emotional stress

I had a house fire after repairs were made to a leaking gas leak from
the furnace.In the fire I lost all of my belonging and kids and I have
encountered emotional stress due to becoming homeless.Can I sue ?

Asked on September 12, 2019 under Real Estate Law, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

No, there is no claim for emotional distress when you lose belongings due to an accident or negligence (carelessness). You can only recover for emotional distress when: 1) the other side deliberately tried to cause you emotional harm, such as in a cyberbullying or stalking case; or 2) you were physical injured, and the distress accompanies the injury; or 3) you were near to someone badly harmed or killed, and were distressed by that. But the loss of property due to a fire, unless it was a deliberately set fire, would never support an emotional distress claim.
IF the landlord were at fault in causing the fire, you could sue for the value of your belongings and other costs you incurred due to the fire. Or if a repair person or contractor (e.g. whomever repaired the furnace/leak) were at fault, you could sue that person or business. But you have to able to prove fault: i.e. that the fire was due to negligence, or unreasonable carelessness.


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