Your Legal Responsibility When You Host Guests

Being a Good Host: Legal Responsibilities To Guests At Your Home

You cleaned the bathrooms and stocked the fridge for your guests. Have you inspected your home for potential hazards like slippery sidewalks? According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, even falling furniture threatens safety since around 11,076 children suffered injures from furniture tipovers between 2008 and 2010. Before hosting guests, understand your legal responsibility for their safety.

Categorize Guests

Every state legislature enacts unique laws that help courts determine injury liability for accidents that occur on private property. Guest categories are one factor these laws consider. Guests could be uninvited trespassers, invitees who visit your property for primarily business purposes, or licensees invited onto your property for pleasure. In Arizona, your holiday guests most likely fall into the licensee category.

Take Responsibility To Prevent Injuries

Generally, your guests must take reasonable precautions to maintain their safety while they visit you. As the property owner, you also hold responsibility to warn visitors of potential hazards and take reasonable action to identify and eliminate any risks.

Tips To Keep Your Property Safe

Consider following these tips to improve your property’s safety before guests arrive:

  1. Repair structural problems, including broken stair railings or rotten deck boards.
  2. Rope off any areas you can’t repair.
  3. Remove dangerous items such as a rusty swingset.
  4. Secure tripping hazards, including electrical cords.
  5. Clear potential hazards such as loose branches on the sidewalk and mold in the bathroom.
  6. Install adequate lighting throughout your property.
  7. Secure televisions, bookcases and other items that could fall on someone.
  8. Restrain your dog.
  9. Install a fence around the pool, and provide adult supervision for all swimmers.

If you host guests this holiday, you could be held responsible for their injuries. Familiarize yourself with the services offered by Zanes Law as you address any potential liability.

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