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CHAPTER 20

Premises Liability of Landlords

    PREMISES LIABILITY

Premises liability—the liability of landlords for injuries to tenants and nontenants—has undergone a major transition in the past century. Currently, the states' approaches to premises liability fall into three distinct camps.

(a)    Landlord Liable for Injuries in Specific Situations

The majority of states fall into the first camp, which began with the old common law concept that the landlord's liability ended once the landlord delivered the premises to the tenant. It became the tenant's duty to keep the premises in repair. See Borders v. Rosenberry, 532 P.2d 1366 (Kan. 1975). The following exceptions to the general rule, however, have often become more important than the general rule.

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