Landlord’s Tort Liability Self-Quiz

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim rents an apartment from Lisa. One day, Tim gets injured while stepping out of an elevator because the elevator stopped 18 inches above floor level. Tim falls while stepping from the elevator and sustains injures. Can Tim hold Lisa liable for his injuries?
Choice 2 Yes, if Lisa was negligent in failing to maintain the elevator, because an elevator is a common area
Choice 3 Yes; even if Lisa was not negligent
Choice 4 No; because of the doctrine of caveat lessee
Tim rents an apartment from Lisa. One day, Tim asks Lisa to fix Tim’s oven, which is broken. Lisa fixes it. Unfortunately, Lisa negligently does a bad job and the next time Tim tries to cook something on the stove, flames shoot out of the stove and cause Tim to suffer severe burns. Can Tim hold Lisa liable for his injuries?
Choice 1 Yes
Choice 2 No
Tim rents an apartment from Lisa. In the middle of Tim’s kitchen is a huge hole in the floor that anyone can see. Tim rents the apartment nonetheless because of the low rental price. One night, Tim is sleepwalking and he falls into the hole and sustains injuries. Can Tim hold Lisa liable for his injuries?
Choice 1 Yes; because it’s not Tim’s fault that he fell into the hole when he was sleepwalking
Choice 2 Yes; because a landlord has a duty to make sure the premises are safe for the tenants
Choice 3 No; because the rent was so low, it is obvious that Lisa intended not to be liable for any injuries that Tim sustains
Choice 4 No; because the danger is obvious to everyone, and so Lisa has no duty to repair it
Steve stays at a Best Western Hotel. While Steve is shaving, a circuit blows, causing a fire that injures Steve. Assuming that Best Western was negligent, and that this negligence caused the circuit to blow, can Steve hold Best Western liable for his injuries?
Choice 1 Yes
Choice 2 No
Choice 3 Maybe
The organization “Save the Dinosaurs” rents out Yankee Stadium to hold a rally protesting the human activities that have led to the extinction of the dinosaur. Dino, a protester at the rally, gets injured when a block of cement falls out of the upper deck and hits him on the head. Who can Dino sue for his injuries?
Choice 1 The owner of Yankee Stadium
Choice 2 The organization, “Save the Dinosaurs”
Choice 3 No one

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