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Managing safety in a homeowner association is a thankless job. If you do it well, few residents even notice. If you make a mistake, you could be vilified and even sued for endangering others. Here are six dos and don’ts that will help you ensure the safety of your residents and keep yourself off their security radar screen.
A month after the developer relinquished control to the board, ice accumulated on the walkway and the unit owner fell sustaining serious injuries. The owner filed suit against the association based on theories of premises liability, nuisance, and negligence.
The Michigan court of appeals reasoned that, akin to landlord tenant law, the association had a duty to maintain the common areas in a reasonably safe condition. According to the association’s bylaws, the gutters and roofs are included as common areas and are under the exclusive control of the association. Because the association failed to remedy the construction defects that caused the ice to accumulate, the association could be held liable for the owner’s injuries. The court of appeals remanded the case for further proceedings.
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