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Vacation Rental Liability

May 22, 2019

Renting out homes to vacationers is big business and can be a real money-maker for property owners and a money-saver for renters. However, it is important to understand liability before listing your property or renting a vacation home. There are restrictions for short-term rentals, and these can include the home’s location and type of residence. Most of these websites have little information about home rental legalities, yet, these details are essential for protecting the owner and renter. Without documentation, both could end up facing legal action if something goes wrong during the rental.

Restrictions on Rentals

Not all properties can be legally rented. This varies by location, and can be hard to decipher. It is recognized that an individual may not rent a home unless they are the owner. Certain cities will not allow apartments in certain buildings to be rented out unless it is for more than 30 days. Zoning laws and occupancy limits can also apply in certain cities. Violating these restrictions can lead to hefty fines, depending on where the rental is located.

If Accidents Occur

Rental property owners may be held liable for a slip and fall injury if negligence can be proven. This involves showing that the owner was aware of an unsafe condition and did not act reasonably to correct it. Even if there was something unsafe on the premises, this does prove their negligence. For example, if a hot water heater leaked onto the floor during the rental period and the renter fell, the owner may have been unaware of the hazard and could not take preventative action.

On the other hand, if the renter noticed the leak and informed the owner beforehand, that renter could have a case. Sidewalks and driveways that are covered with snow and ice also present dangers, but if the agreement specifies that the renter is responsible for clearing them, a fall cannot be blamed on the owner.

Protection for Both Sides

Owners and renters should analyze rental agreements carefully before signing, as failing to comply with the specifications can lead to legal action. Airbnb’s website has restrictions for certain cities, and information can also be found on local government websites. Using good judgement is also important; if an owner or renter seems questionable or something does not seem right, it is best to seek another customer or rental.

Camden Slip and Fall Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Help Clients With Vacation Rental Liability Issues

Rental agreements can be tricky, especially when an issue arises between the owner and renter. If you were involved in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property or if you have a premises liability concern, the Camden slip and fall lawyers at DiTomaso Law can help. Call us at 856-414-0010 or complete an online form for a free case evaluation today. Located in Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey, including Mt. Holly and Camden County.

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