Landords Have New Duty to Inspect

Posted By Todd Stearn || 9-Jul-2014

If a tenant is injured by a defect at his or her apartment on something that the landlord should have discovered on physical inspection, the landlord is now responsible for those injuries, according to a new Michigan Court of Appeals opinion. Up until now, landlords had argued that they only had to repair items that they knew about. Not so, says the Judge M.J. Kelly of the Michigan Court of Appeals. Landlords must actually physically inspect their properties. If they fail to do so and someone is injured, they will be held accountable. The full opinion is Grandberry-Lovette v Garascia, 303 Mich App 566 (2014).

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