Tag: duty of care

Is a landlord liable for accidental deaths on their rental property when they do not install safety features around a swimming pool?

Facts: A landlord purchased a single family residence (SFR) which included an in-ground swimming pool in the backyard. The pool complied with all safety codes when it was built 25 years prior, but the landlord did not later modify it or install a security gate around it. The landlord later rented the property to a tenant. A guest of the tenant visited the home with their 4-year-old grandchild, and left the only door leading from the home to the pool open. The door did not have a self-closing mechanism. The child fell into the swimming pool and drowned.

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