Occupiers’ liability exposure is from Life Safety. Units must comply with all governmental codes on smoke and fire detection, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors. Of equal concern is the condition of the parking lots, the adjoining sidewalks, and any parking structures or other common areas. Parking lots and sidewalks need to be in good repair, with snow and ice removed, and generally level and free of exposure to slip and fall.
Security of tenants within the building and in parking areas is rapidly becoming the responsibility of the owner or operator of the premises. Is there adequate interior and exterior lighting? What other security measures and controls are in place? What type of security does the operation commit to in advertising and rental agreements? Because landlords are now having discrimination suits lodged against them, a stated procedure should be in place to prevent discrimination. Clear guidelines for tenant acceptability are important.
Are there other exposures such as community buildings, playgrounds or services such as bellhop and security systems?