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Injured whilst in a rental property

Updated on November 08, 2021 | Published on November 08, 2021

By Matthew Garling

If you sustain serious and permanent injuries at a rental property, you may be able to make a public liability claim under the NSW Civil Liability Act.  You need to have an injury which is serious, permanent and effects the ability for you to live your normal life.

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If you are one of the many thousands of people in NSW who rent a home, you have a right for that home to be safe, secure, and maintained for the duration of the rental agreement.

When someone is injured on a rental property, it may be possible to make a public liability claim against the landlord.

Tenants’ Rights and Responsibilities

If you sustain serious and permanent injuries at a rental property, you may be able to make a public liability claim under the NSW Civil Liability Act.  You need to have an injury which is serious, permanent and effects the ability for you to live your normal life.

Depending on the facts of your case and what caused your injuries, you may have a claim against any or all the following: –

1.     Your landlord.

2.     An owner’s corporation

3.     A property manager or agent

4.     Tradespeople.

If you have sustained an injury, you should immediately notify your property manager or agent of the incident, how it occurred and the injuries you have sustained.  You should also immediately seek medical treatment for your injuries.

It is also important that as a tenant, if there are dangerous aspects at the premises, that these are brought to the attention of the property manager and landlord as soon as possible, in writing.

Your Landlords Rights and Responsibilities

There is no general duty on a landlord to inspect the property to find hidden dangers or defects that have not previously been brought to their attention or are not clearly visible to the homeowner and/or landlord.

For example, if a defect in a balcony rail which is not visible to the homeowner or a landlord on a general inspection, then collapses and causes injury, it would not give rise to a claim against the landlord.  The law does not require the landlord to conduct regular safety inspections to pick up hidden dangers.

A landlord owes a duty to take reasonable care for the safety of tenants and visitors, but that duty is only that of a reasonable person in the position of the landlord.

At the beginning of a lease, once you have inspected the property, if you find any aspects of the property are dangerous, you should alert the landlord and managing agent and request the necessary repairs to make it safe. This should be made in writing.

You should keep note of all correspondence and communications that you have had with the property manager or landlord in relation to any complaints about any dangerous or safety issues with the property.

The law requires that landlords must take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of its property and its tenants but only in circumstances where: –

1.     The property is in some way defective, and this is obviously dangerous.

2.     The landlord (or their representative) knew or should have known about the defect; and

3.     No timely or reasonable action was taken by the landlord or their representative to repair the defect and prevent the risk of injury.

To be successful in a claim therefore, the landlord must know of the dangerous condition of the property, or they should have known of the defect because it was so obvious.

Types of Cases

There are many ways in which a property may be unsafe, such as: –

1.     Rotten or broken floorboards

2.     Problems with stairs and steps

3.     Failure to provide proper handrails

4.     Dangerous paths and paving

5.     Unstable balconies and balustrades

6.     Inadequate lighting on the property

How to make a claim

If you have sustained an injury whilst at a rental property, you should take the following steps before contacting a lawyer: –

1.     Immediately alert the landlord and property agent of the incident and the injuries you sustained.

2.     Seek medical treatment straight away and explain how your injuries occurred.

3.     Keep all emails or letters sent to the landlord or property agent in relation to the defect in the property.

4.     Keep records and receipts of all your medical and related expenses incurred.

5.     Take photographs of the defect which caused your injury.

6.     Do not try and fix the property without notifying the landlord and obtaining approval.

If your injuries are serious and permanent, you should contact Garling & Co Lawyers to discuss the possibility of making a public liability claim.

Generally, you have three years from the date in which you knew or ought to have known you had a right to make a claim against the landlord.  You should therefore always contact a Lawyer and obtain advice well within three years from the date of your injury.

Matthew Garling

Matthew Garling, Founder of Garling & Co is a NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law. He specialises in compensation law and has acted on behalf of thousands of injured people in work accidents, motor vehicle accidents and negligence cases over the last 20 years.

Daniel F.
08:48 10 Nov 21
My wife suffered psychological injury.Never having similar experience she had to get legal advice.Workers compensation law is complex and she needed someone to help her navigate her way through.... There are many compensation lawyers but not all with enough experience and strong reputation . We have finally decided to go with Matthew and his team based on the independent website reviews .Looking back now we have made the right choice .There is lot of hurdles and having trustworthy lawyer with great communication skills on your side can make huge difference .My wife can now try to move on with the compensation she deserved.Thanks to Matthew ,Allison ,Emma,Rebecca and rest of the team. Thank you again.Daniel and Veerayaread more
K B.
07:35 28 Oct 21
When you work for an employer for a number of decades and suffer a debilitating injury, you expect compassion, support and belief that you are genuine. When you don’t get that and then also have to... deal with Workers Compensation Insurers it slowly breaks you.That's when you need amazing support like Matthew Garling and his team. From my first meeting with Matthew I was confident I was referred to the right guy. I couldn’t be more pleased with my outcome. Matthew is the Guru of workers compensation, he is professional, easy to work with, nothings a bother and most importantly he gets great results. Do not think twice about using Garling and Co Lawyers.Thank you Matthew, Renee, Allison and Kelli for your invaluable support.read more
Erin & Tom L.
04:25 21 Sep 21
Matthew and his team were so responsive throughout my entire claim. They made sure everything was explained clearly and always responded promptly to my questions. I can not thank them enough for... their support.read more
Moussa I.
14:23 20 Sep 21
Great attitude! they return my call every time I callI'm very confident I will reach something good with garling &co
Dulce L.
08:48 23 Aug 21
Garling & Co have been exceptional. Matthew was always professional attentive clear and concise, I felt up most confidence in his management dealing with my matter always had my best interest. i... highly recommend Garling & Co Lawyersread more
Melissa H
11:53 10 Aug 21
I am grateful to have had Matthew represent me on my motor vehicle compensation claim.After meeting with two lawyers previous to deciding on Garling and co, I was left unsure and confused as to... where I stood regarding my claim. Matthew and Allison were incredibly helpful, put my mind at ease, and took the worry and stress out of an already difficult situation.Through the settlement process they would always keep me informed and made time to answer all of my questions. I am really pleased with the outcome of the settlement.Thank you to the team at Garling and Coread more
Violeta C.
07:30 05 Aug 21
My experience with Garling & Co was great. Matthew was always professional, attentive and communicated in a clear manner. I felt confident in his management of my matter & always had my best interest... in mind.I have no reservation in recommending Matthew & the Garling & Co team.read more
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03:04 05 Aug 21
Ann F.
04:11 04 Aug 21
Professional and helpful
Sunita S.
04:00 04 Aug 21
Overall, I am very happy of their service and also the outcomes of my case.
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Daniel F.
08:48 10 Nov 21
My wife suffered psychological injury.Never having similar experience she had to get legal advice.Workers compensation law is complex and she needed someone to help her navigate her way through.... There are many compensation lawyers but not all with enough experience and strong reputation . We have finally decided to go with Matthew and his team based on the independent website reviews .Looking back now we have made the right choice .There is lot of hurdles and having trustworthy lawyer with great communication skills on your side can make huge difference .My wife can now try to move on with the compensation she deserved.Thanks to Matthew ,Allison ,Emma,Rebecca and rest of the team. Thank you again.Daniel and Veerayaread more
K B.
07:35 28 Oct 21
When you work for an employer for a number of decades and suffer a debilitating injury, you expect compassion, support and belief that you are genuine. When you don’t get that and then also have to... deal with Workers Compensation Insurers it slowly breaks you.That's when you need amazing support like Matthew Garling and his team. From my first meeting with Matthew I was confident I was referred to the right guy. I couldn’t be more pleased with my outcome. Matthew is the Guru of workers compensation, he is professional, easy to work with, nothings a bother and most importantly he gets great results. Do not think twice about using Garling and Co Lawyers.Thank you Matthew, Renee, Allison and Kelli for your invaluable support.read more
Erin & Tom L.
04:25 21 Sep 21
Matthew and his team were so responsive throughout my entire claim. They made sure everything was explained clearly and always responded promptly to my questions. I can not thank them enough for... their support.read more
Moussa I.
14:23 20 Sep 21
Great attitude! they return my call every time I callI'm very confident I will reach something good with garling &co
Dulce L.
08:48 23 Aug 21
Garling & Co have been exceptional. Matthew was always professional attentive clear and concise, I felt up most confidence in his management dealing with my matter always had my best interest. i... highly recommend Garling & Co Lawyersread more
Melissa H
11:53 10 Aug 21
I am grateful to have had Matthew represent me on my motor vehicle compensation claim.After meeting with two lawyers previous to deciding on Garling and co, I was left unsure and confused as to... where I stood regarding my claim. Matthew and Allison were incredibly helpful, put my mind at ease, and took the worry and stress out of an already difficult situation.Through the settlement process they would always keep me informed and made time to answer all of my questions. I am really pleased with the outcome of the settlement.Thank you to the team at Garling and Coread more
Violeta C.
07:30 05 Aug 21
My experience with Garling & Co was great. Matthew was always professional, attentive and communicated in a clear manner. I felt confident in his management of my matter & always had my best interest... in mind.I have no reservation in recommending Matthew & the Garling & Co team.read more
Sonia C.
03:04 05 Aug 21
Ann F.
04:11 04 Aug 21
Professional and helpful
Sunita S.
04:00 04 Aug 21
Overall, I am very happy of their service and also the outcomes of my case.
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