Landlord Not Responsible for Intruder's Attack on Tenant

LVT Number: #24440

Tenant sued landlord for negligence after she was attacked by an intruder who had gained access to the building when she opened the door for him. He then pushed his way into her apartment while she tried to lock the deadbolt. The court denied landlord's request to dismiss the case without a trial. Landlord appealed and won. There was no defect in security that caused the attack. Tenant admittedly opened a functioning lock to allow the attacker access to the building.

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