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Renter Beware: A Winter Guide To Avoiding Injury

If you’re planning on renting a cabin or a ski chalet in one of northern Ontario’s beautiful getaway towns, the last thing that you want it an injury on your hands. Not only will this ruin the vacation, it could also put you out of commission for the duration of a season that is already difficult enough: winter. If you are an avid skier, it will be very depressing indeed if you hurt yourself and cannot get up on the slopes and hit that sweet powder. In a nightmare scenario where you have hurt yourself on vacation, lawyers at Goodman Elbassiouni LLP will be there to help you figure out whether or not you have a claim, but in the meantime, let’s take a look at the ins and outs of who is the victim and who is at fault in a vacation rental scenario:

Homeowners Beware: Make Sure Your Property Is Safe

With the advent of AirBnB, every Tom, Dick and Harry thinks they can run a hotel out of their home no problem. While this arrangement is certainly beneficial to some folks, certain individuals who do not practice due diligence may be biting off more than they can chew – and it could lead to some sticky legal issues. If you are considering renting your vacation home, make sure that the stairways are all stable, fitted with handrails and well-lit. Typically it’s best to tell the renters to use gas or electric heat – rather than a fireplace or a wood stove – to heat the space, to avoid the possibility of a disastrous fire. Make sure to look at the renter’s profile and vet them thoroughly to ensure that they seem responsible. If possible have a long phone conversation with them so you can get to know what kind of a person you’re renting to – you don’t want just any random person staying in your home.

Renters Beware: Watch Your Step & Keep A Wary Eye

On the other end, as a renter, you should make sure that the place you are paying for is the place that was advertised. Digital peer-to-peer services have opened up a whole new market, which can be fantastic, but it also requires a bit more vigilance on everyone’s part. Try to book a place that has plenty of high quality photos on the website and many positive reviews from previous guests. Upon arrival do a safety inspection to make sure that nothing is falling apart – this is especially important if you have children. If the renter has left a slipping hazard that you fail to notice on your inspection and someone does hurt themselves, you may need to call a lawyer. Knowing what to do after a slip and fall accident can save you a lot of stress, and when a vacation turns into an emergency, minimizing stress is crucial.

The Occupier’s Liability Act

In Ontario, claims made for slip and fall on other people’s property is covered under the occupier’s liability act. If this arm of government bureaucracy fails to resolve the situation, it’s time to get a lawyer involved. At Goodman Elbassiouni LLP we can also help you in the wake of a work accident and help you understand what to do after a car accident or bike accident. Call us today for more info!


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