I have an upstairs rental condominium unit in California. This is my very first investment property and I'm new to property management as well.
I requested for a stairs repair back in June and was hoping to have it done by July before my tenants move in. After multiple delays and follow-ups, the request was approved 2 weeks ago by the HOA.
I just received a notice from my tenant that her daughter hurt her foot while walking down the stairs.
My question is would I get sued for the stairs by tenants ?
Congrats in joining the world of real estate investors. Unfortunately you are learning the most useless people in this world are local government officials and HOAs. I am not a lawyer, but your tenant can sue you for anything including the color of your car. I wouldn't bring it up with them, but I would let the HOA know about the incident so they are aware of what happened. Cover your @$$. I think you did everything right and you have documentation. But I would also check your insurance policy to make sure you are covered. It is worth the extra $200/year to get an umbrella policy in this world. Congrats and good luck.
They’d have to sue the hoa, since the hoa owns the common area stairs.....I assume the hoa owns the stairs since you requested them to repair.