Can a landlord be sued if his tenant commits a crime against a neighbor? 7 Answers as of August 22, 2011

Can a landlord be sued if his/her tenant commits a crime against a neighbor in an affluent area? Specifically breaking and entering a felony larceny?

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Palumbo and Kosofsky
Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
Anyone can sue anyone. The question is whether it would be frivolous.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 8/16/2011
Frances R. Johnson
Frances R. Johnson | Frances R. Johnson
A person can always be sued, whether or not the lawsuit will be successful is a different question. Based upon the limited information provided in this question, it does not sound as though such a suit would be successful.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 8/14/2011
Law Office of Kathryn L. Hudson
Law Office of Kathryn L. Hudson | Kathryn L. Hudson
Generally a landlord is not liable for the illegal or tort acts of his tenants unless he knew that they had the propensity and history of committing these behaviors in the past. In that case one might be able to claim negligence, but even still it would be a tough case to prove.
Answer Applies to: Arkansas
Replied: 8/14/2011
Law Office of Jared Altman
Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
I have not heard of a case with that fact pattern. Buy, with the right facts, yes, I suppose there could be liability. For example, suppose the landlord lead all of his tenants to believe that he thoroughly screened all of his tenants but in this case he either did not or did a lousy job.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 8/14/2011
Law Offices of Steven A. Fink
Law Offices of Steven A. Fink | Steven Alan Fink
While anyone can be sued, landlord generally is not liable for crimes committed by tenants against neighbors. Answer would change if landlord knew about criminal propensities of tenant to commit crimes against neighbors and did nothing to prevent them.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/13/2011
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