After renting a property for 2 years, a 70kg patio door came away from the frame and fell on my leg. I could not work for 11 months and 2 years later still have problems. The door was heavy but never stopped operating. At court the landlord admitted he knew the patio doors were at least 25 years old and had never been maintained and an engineer confirmed there were 2 faults on the doors. Part of the judge’s summing up included “the fact that you had worked as a Lettings Management Agent for a letting agency for several years before the accident. Accordingly in the course of your employment you gained knowledge of property inspections prior to and during the tenancy which an ordinary person would not have. Despite your experience, you did not think it necessary or appropriate to raise the issue with the landlord”.
I had no issue to report as the doors were heavy but opened, closed and locked. Does this judgment mean if there is an accident involving the roof, if the tenant is a builder/roofer will he be liable because he is in that trade and should have anticipated the problem?