Many people think that a landowner is responsible for injuries that occur upon his or her property. Landowners are often liable, but Washington premises liability attorneys know that it is the possessor of the land who generally has responsibility for the condition of the premises. This means that a tenant, rather than the landowner, may have responsibility for the conditions of the property, as seen in a recent case.
The plaintiff was leaving her boyfriend’s home when she realized she forgot something. When she stepped on the step leading up to the deck, it broke. She was injured when her foot went through the broken board.
The property was a single family residence, but there was a mother-in-law unit with a separate entry and its own backyard and patio. The plaintiff’s boyfriend rented the main unit, and other tenants rented the mother-in-law unit on a separate lease. There was a shared carport area, but the deck where the plaintiff fell was attached to the main house and was for use only by the tenants of the main house.