Street Harassment or Stalking Law in USA

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If a tenant experiences peepers, catcalling, stalkers, or street harassment, they may request additional security protections from the landlord if it occurs directly at or next to the building. Landlords are liable if they know about potential physical dangers on their property and fail to add reasonable safeguards against them. Tenants should make specific, reasonable requests for additional security measures they think will help.

Additional Apartment Security

If people in a building complain to a landlord about a local street harasser, fear for their safety (perhaps that person knows where they live), the landlord may be liable if they do not install reasonable security measures to protect them under the tort of "premises liability." Which security measures are reasonable depends on the area, type of building, and circumstances. It may, for example, be reasonable for a landlord to install security cameras or more lights in the parking area. If the landlord fails to install reasonable protections after being informed of an ongoing, foreseeable risk of physical injury, they become liable for their negligence leading to the attack under premises liability law. Tenants may have to show that installing the additional security features would have likely prevented the incident. Landlords should take these claims seriously as tenants know best about the dangers near the buildings. Landlord and property managers should make protections a top priority for repairs and improvements. If the tenant suffers an injury or theft, the landlord may be liable, including having to spend months in court to justify why the requested safeguard was not worth it or wouldn’t have prevented the incident.

Other Tenant Options

For tenants experiencing harassment, additional safeguards from the landlord may not be complete helpful to the immediate situation. Additionally, if catcalling occurs down the block but not directly at the building, the landlord is not responsible. Certain forms of street harassment are illegal in different jurisdictions. It varies very heavily by state and by the type of harassment (there may be different laws and consequences for cat-calling, for peeping Toms, and for sexual threats). We find this resource to be very helpful to discover what remedies are available to tenants. http://www.stopstreetharassment.org/strategies/sshlaw/

Additional Apartment Security

If people in a building complain to a landlord about a local street harasser, fear for their safety (perhaps that person knows where they live), the landlord may be liable if they do not install reasonable security measures to protect them under the tort of "premises liability." Which security measures are reasonable depends on the area, type of building, and circumstances. It may, for example, be reasonable for a landlord to install security cameras or more lights in the parking area. If the landlord fails to install reasonable protections after being informed of an ongoing, foreseeable risk of physical injury, they become liable for their negligence leading to the attack under premises liability law. Tenants may have to show that installing the additional security features would have likely prevented the incident. Landlords should take these claims seriously as tenants know best about the dangers near the buildings. Landlord and property managers should make protections a top priority for repairs and improvements. If the tenant suffers an injury or theft, the landlord may be liable, including having to spend months in court to justify why the requested safeguard was not worth it or wouldn’t have prevented the incident.

Other Tenant Options

For tenants experiencing harassment, additional safeguards from the landlord may not be complete helpful to the immediate situation. Additionally, if catcalling occurs down the block but not directly at the building, the landlord is not responsible. Certain forms of street harassment are illegal in different jurisdictions. It varies very heavily by state and by the type of harassment (there may be different laws and consequences for cat-calling, for peeping Toms, and for sexual threats). We find this resource to be very helpful to discover what remedies are available to tenants. http://www.stopstreetharassment.org/strategies/sshlaw/

Last Update : June 29, 2018 UTC

Comments discussing Street Harassment or Stalking

11 months ago
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Is it ok for your landlord to come to your house at 9pm drunk and tell u to just get out and they will shut the electric off and close the house down because I got all kinds of medical issues right now and behind on rent but give them what I can
Renter in Troy, MO, USA
Street Harassment or Stalking