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Landlord and City Housing Authority Sued over Deaths Linked to Fire

Landlord and City Housing Authority Sued over Deaths Linked to Fire

Landlord and City Housing Authority Sued over Deaths Linked to Fire

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-07-31/news/bs-md-ci-fire-death-lawsuit-20130731_1_smoke-detectors-housing-authority-burning-home

Five people died last year in a Baltimore house fire. Relatives of the deceased have filed suit against the landlord and the City Housing Authority. The victims of the fire were a mother and her four children, and the suit claim the City Housing Authority is at fault because that agency was responsible for paying a portion of the mother's rent. The suit contends the Housing Authority should have forced the landlord to fix a malfunctioning furnace and place smoke detectors inside the home. The suit also names the landlord as a defendant for failing to fix the previously mentioned problems. According to the suit, the furnace caused the blaze and the lack of smoke detectors precluded the family from escaping.

This is a tragic case for all involved. Landlords have certain obligations with respect to their tenants. One of those obligations is to provide a safe environment for the tenant. It appears in this instance the landlord failed to meet that burden. Moreover, most cities now require annual inspections for rental properties. From the language in the suit, it appears Baltimore is one such city that follows that trend, and it is not entirely clear why Housing Authority did not force the landlord to provide smoke detectors in the home.

Premises liability and safety of patrons of a business or public place plays an important role in our society. It is paramount to determine who bears the responsibility of an unsafe condition of a public place. The attorneys at Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC have experience with premises liability cases and can help you recover for injuries that you or a family member sustain while on a business owner's property that is open to the public. Please call (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 for a no-obligation consultation regarding your potential case.

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