If you own property in Florida, you are generally required to remedy any hazards that you know about or should know about. Examples of common hazards include loose railings, cracks in a driveway or sidewalk or smoke alarms that are faulty or that don’t work at all. Failure to remedy these issues could leave you vulnerable to legal action if someone gets hurt while at your home.
Electrical issues should be fixed immediately
Frayed wires, outlets that spark when you use them or issues with a circuit breaker need to be remedied as soon as you learn about them. If you smell melted plastic or notice a burning smell in your home or home office, it may be a sign of overheating caused by an electrical short. Allowing these or other issues to linger may result in a fire or other issues that can put your family, tenants or guests in danger.
Moisture can cause serious damage
A lack of insulation, a broken pipe or poor drainage can cause water to accumulate and linger inside of your home. Moisture can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, termites and mold that can spread quickly throughout the property. Moisture may also lead to crumbling insulation, cracks in the foundation and other problems that can result in serious injuries to anyone who occupies your home. An injured victim may use medical bills as proof that you acted in a negligent manner in a premises liability claim.
Those who are injured on your property may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages. It may be possible to reduce your liability by warning others of potential hazards until you are able to fix them. Ideally, warning signs will have both words and pictures describing the hazard.