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Is my landlord liable for damage to my car?

Asked by user in Oklahoma.

When we moved into our apartment, our landlord guaranteed us that there would be working security cameras. Our car has been hit, egged, and now someone has damaged it. We have been asking the landlord for footage for days and he keeps telling us the cameras don't work. Can the landlord get in trouble for this?

Answered by Enjuris Editors:

The Oklahoma Landlord-Tenant Act requires that landlords keep all common areas (including the grounds) in a reasonably clean and safe condition. Whether or not a court imposes liability on a landlord for failing to keep the grounds reasonably safe depends on the specific facts of the case. At minimum, it must be shown that the landlord knew about the specific danger and failed to do anything about it.

I would recommend writing a letter to your landlord (send it with a return receipt requested so that you have proof it was received) explaining the problem and asking the landlord to repair the security cameras. You must then give the landlord a reasonable amount of time to repair the security cameras. If the landlord fails to do so, you may be able to legally terminate your lease. In addition, you may be able to sue the landlord for the damages to your vehicle.

However, I would recommend meeting with a landlord-tenant attorney before doing so.

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