Government Subsidized Housing
Helping those seriously injured victims of crime in government subsidized apartment complexes across Florida, including Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Palm Beach, JacksonvilleFlorida Negligent Security- Government Subsidized Apartment Buildings
While most apartment renters assume their landlord is concerned about their safety, Miami negligent security attorney Joseph Lipsky is too familiar with the fact that many rental apartment communities are built by companies that received millions of dollars from the government to provide affordable housing to those in need of subsidized housing. Although these companies make tens of millions of dollars for their owners and investors, they often place their desire to make money ahead of the necessity of making sure their apartment communities are safe for their residents. Even though these apartment communities are low income or government subsidized, the owners and operators are required to provide necessary security precautions to prevent crime which causes personal injuries and wrongful deaths.
Over the past 25 years, Fort Lauderdale negligent security lawyer Joseph Lipsky has helped many seriously injured victims of negligent security cases at government subsidized apartment complexes across Florida in communities such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Orlando, recover millions of dollars for the injuries and damages they suffered after being attacked in and around their own apartments. Due to the complex nature of negligent security cases in Florida, only attorneys with hands-on trial experience are familiar with the intricacies needed to successfully help their clients, Tampa negligent security lawyer Joseph Lipsky is such an attorney, as proven by the verdicts listed in the successes portion of this website.
Past experience has shown that even though government subsidized apartment owners and operators know their properties are usually in low income apartments, which may be prone to crime, they routinely chose to avoid their duty of providing security precautions to protect their paying renters, all to save themselves some money. This belief could not be further from the truth about their legal requirements. It is precisely because crime is prevalent that rental apartment complexes need to be ever vigilant in spending some of their profits on crime prevention to protect their tenants.
Operators of government subsidized or low income apartment complexes are required to provide at least 20% of their apartments to tenants whose income is 50% or less of the median gross income of that area. And, more than 40% of apartments must be rent-restricted and lived in by tenants whose income is 60% or less of the median gross income of that area. By agreeing to these rental restrictions, the government provides millions of dollars of tax credit to the developers, making this process highly profitable to those developers.
In addition to the rent restrictions, the developers and operators of government subsidized apartments also agree to provide services to the tenants, including recreation club houses, playgrounds, fences and vehicle and pedestrian gates. Despite taking the government’s tax credits and agreeing to provide these services, many owners and operators allow government subsidized apartment complexes quickly fall into disrepair. When the developers and management companies fail to maintain the apartment complexes, by allowing vehicle gates to become inoperable, thereby remaining constantly open, or by allowing pedestrian access doors to remain broken. When those property owners violate their promises, Orlando negligent security attorney Joseph Lipsky helps seriously injured victims hold those owners financially responsible when something bad happens.
Miami negligent security lawyer Joseph Lipsky understands that Florida Law requires all landowners to correct and prevent dangers they know or should know may cause harm to their tenants. This duty to prevent foreseeable dangers applies to prevention of crime which is reasonably expected to occur on the premises. When an apartment manager fails to take such action to prevent foreseeable crime and someone is attacked and injured, or killed, a so-called negligent security case may be brought against that apartment complex. The rental apartment complex’s obligation to provide crime prevention is usually based upon the amount of past violent crime in the complex and its immediate surrounding area. By analyzing past police reports and their crime grid, any apartment manager can quickly ascertain what level of security or crime prevention is needed at their complex.
- Security Guards
- Video surveillance cameras
- Security alarms in individual apartments
- Adequate lighting
- Maintenance of landscaping to prevent hiding places
- Organizing neighborhood watch programs
If you or a loved one were attacked by a criminal while a resident at, or visiting a government subsidized apartment building in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, the Palm Beaches of Jacksonville, we urge you to CONTACT Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer Joseph I. Lipsky, either ONLINE or by CALLING us:
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