In Georgia, a landowner has a duty to exercise ordinary care to protect tenants from known dangers upon his/her premises. In other words, owners of apartment complexes must take steps to keep tenants safe from dangers that the apartment complex owners know to exist upon the property. Georgia courts have determined that criminal conduct that exists upon an apartment complex can be a known danger to apartment complex owners, especially when such criminal conduct exists on multiple occasions.
In so called “high crime” neighborhoods, apartment complexes especially have a duty to keep its tenants safe from crime that it knows to appear on their property. When apartment complexes fail to provide proper security to protect its tenants and a tenant is injured based on the criminal conduct, the injured tenant(s) may have a lawsuit to receive compensation for his or her injuries.
Some apartment complexes in Georgia are located in neighborhoods that attract specific types of criminal behavior. Illicit narcotic activity and gang activity are types of criminal conduct that often lead to violent crime responsible for many injuries to tenants at apartment complexes.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a shooting or other violent criminal activity at an apartment complex in Georgia, give us a call or email us for a free evaluation of your case. Or if you just want to simply leave us a question for a better understanding of what rights tenants have to be protected from criminal conduct at apartment complexes in Georgia, email us at the Lawson Law Firm at [email protected]