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Tag Archives: landlords

Liability for the Acts of Others

By Robert Ross |

Generally speaking, California law does not require people to control the acts of others, or to warn people about the potential actions of third parties. As a general rule, the law makes each person liable for his or her own actions, and not for the actions of others. However, California also recognizes many exceptions… Read More »

Landlords Have a Duty to Inspect Rental Properties

By Robert Ross |

LANDLORDS MUST KEEP RENTAL PROPERTY IN REASONABLY SAFE CONDITION In California, landlords have a legally-recognized duty to keep rental property “reasonably safe.” This duty is owed to tenants and to other people (“third parties”) who enter the land or rental units for various reasons.  This means a landlord may be held legally liable for… Read More »

What is “Negligence per se”?

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NEGLIGENCE PER SE IS A RULE THAT CREATES A PRESUMPTION OF NEGLIGENCE WHERE DEFENDANTS BREAK CERTAIN KINDS OF LAWS When defendants–including property owners–engage in certain kinds of behavior, the law allows a presumption that negligence has occurred. While this presumption is rebuttable, meaning that a defendant can introduce evidence to prove (s)he was not negligent, the… Read More »

What Duty do Land Owners Owe to Minors?

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GENERALLY, LAND OWNERS (AND POSSESSORS/MANAGERS) MUST PROTECT MINORS FROM REASONABLY FORESEEABLE HARM. People who own, control, or possess property generally have a duty to prevent reasonably foreseeable harm to children. This includes naturally-occurring hazards, artificial or constructed hazards (including, but not limited to, harms resulting from attractive nuisances like construction sites), and hazards caused… Read More »

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