Am I liable for my guests’ injury claim or is the homeowner liable?

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My wife and I rented a home beach side north of Boston.  A guest tripped and injured herself.   One of the steps on the walkway to the beach were unstable.  She has medical bills and lost wages. As the home renter, am I liable for her injury claims, or is it the homeowner’s liability?


In Massachusetts an owner or occupier of land has a duty to use reasonable care to keep a premises in a reasonably safe condition for lawful visitors. Therefore, liability may rest on the owner of the property or the individual in control of the property or both. As a practical matter however, if the property owner maintains premises liability insurance, the claim would be covered under this policy. 

Our Greater Boston Premises Liability Attorneys handle personal injury cases throughout Greater Boston including Braintree, Brighton, Brookline, Burlington, Cambridge, Dedham, Dorchester, Everett, Framingham,  Mattapan, Medford, Melrose, Milton, Newton, Quincy, Waltham, Weymouth, and Woburn.