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Landlord Must Pay Tenant $1 Million for Icy Sidewalk

A tenant who fell on an icy sidewalk and broke her hip and shoulder won a $1 million jury award for her injuries, lost wages from missing work and other expenses. The 59-year-old woman, who did not want her name to be reported, was leaving for work at 7 a.m. on March 1, 2010 in North Bergen, N.J., when she slipped on ice at the bottom of the building’s front steps. She fractured her hip and needed surgery to install …

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Posted 1 year ago in Landlord & Tenant Personal Injury by Aaron Kase  
Kentucky Landlords Responsible Injuries from Leaky Roof

Tenants in Kentucky can sue their landlords for injuries caused by a dwelling’s damaged roof, an appeals court ruled recently. A lawsuit filed by Rosyln Warren, who alleged that she had been injured when the ceiling in a room she was renting caved in on her, had been summarily dismissed by a trial court, but the appeals court gave her another shot. At issue was whether she or her landlords, Karen and Joseph Winkle, were responsible for the ceiling. The …

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Posted 2 years ago in Landlord & Tenant by Janet Raasch  
Is It Legal for My Landlord to Shut Off My Utilities?

In most situations, your landlord is not allowed to cut off your utilities. A landlord who wants you to leave can evict you under the terms of the lease or rental agreement, but cannot cut off your utilities. In general, utilities include gas, heat, electricity, and water and sewer – anything that comes out of a pipe or outlet. Utilities often include trash collection as well. In some rental units, they include telephone, cable and high-speed Internet.   Covered by …

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Posted 2 years ago in Landlord & Tenant by Janet Raasch  
Is It Legal for My Landlord to Raise the Rent?

Whether or not your landlord can raise your rent depends on a number of variables, including the terms of your agreement and where you live. But here are some general guidelines.   A Long-Term Lease Protects You A lease is a binding legal contract that should specify the length of the lease and the monthly rent. In general, a landlord cannot increase the rent until the lease runs out. Some leases, however, allow the landlord to raise the rent for …

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Posted 2 years ago in Landlord & Tenant by Janet Raasch  
Is it Legal for Renters to Make Home Improvements?

Tenants often think about making improvements to the property they are renting, especially if they like the location and the landlord, and plan to stay for a long time. This article deals with tenant improvements above and beyond the landlord’s requirement to keep a unit safely habitable. Don’t do anything to improve your rental property until you’ve read your lease or rental contract and have discussed the improvements with your landlord. Your lease or rental agreement probably contains a detailed …

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