I suffered a serious injury while staying at an Outer Banks rental house. Can I file a claim against the landlord?

The North Carolina Vacation Rental Act (VRA) can give you grounds for filing a personal injury claim or wrongful death lawsuit. Succeeding with such a claim would require you to show that you suffered your injury because the landlord, owner or rental agent failed to comply with building codes, did not repair faulty electrical equipment or neglected to keep the residence or its grounds in a fit and habitable condition.

The types of cases that can be brought under the VRA include

  • Trips, slips and falls caused by a defective condition, unsafe conditions in a common area or a building code violation;
  • Electrical shocks/electrocutions due to code violations; and
  • Drownings or near near-drownings when a pool on the property is not properly fenced with a self-latching gate.

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Randall E. Appleton
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