3 Ways to Check Safety When Renting a Property
Several students were injured during a house party at Trinity College in Hartford when a third floor porch collapsed. Students were trapped under the rubble with broken bones and other injuries. Early investigation notes cite that bolts were not used to secure the deck to the home. Using bolts to secure decking to a home is both a Connecticut and federal safety code requirement.
If you or a loved one is renting a home or another piece of property as a primary dwelling, you may want to consider these safety precautions prior to signing a lease.
- Call the city building department and check to see if any permits were pulled on the property. The building department will have an initial blueprint from when the occupancy certificate was issued. Any other structures outside of that original blueprint should have a building permit issued and approved.
- Ask the property manager or owner for any inspection reports on the property.
- Clarify who is responsible for snow removal to reduce the risk of a slip and fall injury.
If you or a loved one was injured and believe the injury (including death) was the result of the negligence of a property manager or property owner, call the attorneys at McEnery Price Messey & Sullivan. Our experienced team will investigate the cause of your injuries and help you prepare your claim.