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I was attacked in my apartment by my neighbor. Can I sue my landlord?

Asked by user in Louisiana.

Answered by Enjuris Editors:

I’m so sorry this happened to you.

Landlords have some degree of responsibility to protect tenants from criminal acts. Whether or not you can successfully sue your landlord depends on whether your landlord knew or should have known that your neighbor was likely to attack you.

For example, if your landlord received prior complaints about your neighbor’s propensity for violence (perhaps he has attacked other tenants) and failed to take any action (such as starting the eviction process or warning other tenants), then you can likely sue your landlord for damages.

On the other hand, if your landlord had no reason to suspect that your neighbor would attack you, you probably can’t hold your landlord liable.

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