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).