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Duties of Landlords to Tenants and Tenant's Guests

Massachusetts landlords are legally required to maintain their properties so that there are no unsafe or dangerous conditions. Premises liability law holds landlords accountable when they neglect to satisfy their duties and a person gets injured or dies as a result. If you are a tenant, the following information might be useful to you in understanding what duties your landlord owes to you and guests that you might have:

Common Areas

-In common areas, such as an apartment lobby or common stairwell, your landlord owes you and your guests a duty of reasonable care. This means that the landlord has to take steps that a reasonable person would take to keep these common areas safe for you and your guests. If he negligently fails to do so, he can be held liable for any resulting injuries.

Places Where the Tenant Has Exclusive Control

-In areas where the tenant has exclusive control, your landlord only has to keep the apartment up to the building and sanitary codes.

Places Where Landlord Has Exclusive Control

-In places where the landlord has exclusive control, the landlord has to exercise reasonable care. Examples of places where landlords typically have exclusive control are roofs, foundations, etc.

Repairs

-As far as repairs are concerned, landlords generally have to take reasonable care with respect to residential tenants, but not with respect to long-term commercial ones.

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