Since a pass key was used, can the apartment owners be held liable? 10 Answers as of October 29, 2013

I was a victim of a violent crime during a home invasion of my apartment. The apartment has a hollow door with only one lock and no secondary locking devices.

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Stephens Gourley & Bywater | David A. Stephens
If you can prove a pass key was used you would have a strong case.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 10/28/2013
Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C.
Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C. | Pete Leehey
There is not enough information contained within your question to be able to determine whether a viable lawsuit exists. As a general rule, the more knowledge your landlord has about violent crime taking place in your neighborhood, the higher his duty to ensure the safety of your apartment.
Answer Applies to: Iowa
Replied: 10/28/2013
Utah Injury Lawyer
Utah Injury Lawyer | Will Rodgers
Yes, the apartment owner(s) may be held liable for not having adequate security for the apartment complex that may have allowed another person to harm you. Contact an injury lawyer to discuss the case.
Answer Applies to: Utah
Replied: 10/28/2013
Robert C. Slim - Attorney at Law
Robert C. Slim - Attorney at Law | Robert C. Slim
Maybe... It just really depends on all the circumstances. You need to call and get a free consultation from a personal injury lawyer.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 10/29/2013
Candiano Law Office
Candiano Law Office | Charles J. Candiano
It is certainly possible. You should meet with a personal injury attorney to discuss the details. Attorneys on Law QA want to help you but are NOT permitted to solicit your business. YOU must contact them.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 10/29/2013
    James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C.
    James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C. | Jim Hasser
    Possibly. Discuss the matter with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 10/29/2013
    Belushin Law Firm, P.C.
    Belushin Law Firm, P.C. | Vel Belushin
    They might have some liability if they caused the pass key to be available to the intruder. Check with an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 10/28/2013
    Rags Beals Seigler Patterson & Gray
    Rags Beals Seigler Patterson & Gray | Ronald D. Reemsnyder
    If the custodian of the passkey was negligent in securing the key i.e. It wasn't somewhere safe with limited access to it, and this negligence allowed the third party to obtain the key, then "Yes" the holder of the key may be sued. I know this from experience involving a rape case where the complex didn't secure the passkeys.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 10/28/2013
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C.
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C. | Andrew Velonis
    Insufficient security cases are tough you have to prove that the apartment owner knew of the high-crime threat and failed to take reasonable steps to address the problem. A tremendous amount of variables would apply. You would need an expert witness to prove your case. It's possible, but not easy. See an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area, consultations are free.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 10/28/2013
    Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
    Perhaps. Under Michigan law, you are supposed to have a place in which to live which is "fit and habitable for the use intended." This also includes "reasonably safe common areas.," which mean halls, porches, doors,etc.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 10/28/2013
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