It would be a very difficult case. A preliminary question would be whether or not the parking lot is within the building structure or is outside. Also is there public access to this lot or is there a locked gate/security booth etc?
Regardless hopefully nothing will ever happen. I suggest you write a certified letter to the building management expressing your concerns and your concrete suggestions for improvement of the security.
Good luck and I hope for your continued safety.
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Probably. In New York, Landlords are responsible for the criminal acts of 3rd parties in common areas but only it they had prior notice of a dangerous condition. It seems that they do know about the break-ins and lack of security.
Depends on many things, such as type of previous assaults on the property etc etc. - security cases are often difficult. Maybe a group of the tenants can meet with the management & discuss this matter. Hopeful;y nothing like that will happen to you or the other tenants - if so, immediately contact a local personal injury attorney.
This is not intended to be legal advise or as legal representation. I am a California personal injury attorney . Be aware that every state has its own statute of limitations; and statutes & case laws that govern the handling of these matters.
Negligent security cases are very fact specific. Generally, if the property owner was on notice of prior criminal activity and took no measures to provide security, the property owner can be liable for assaults on the property. Case law is pretty clear on this. The common-law duty of a possessor of land to maintain the public areas of his property in a reasonably safe condition for those who use, includes the obligation to take minimal precautions to protect members of the public from the reasonably foreseeable criminal acts of third persons (Leyva v Riverbay Corp., 206 AD2d 150,620 NYS2d 3 [1st Dept 1994], citing Miller v State of New York, 62 N.Y.2d 506, 513, 478 NYS2d 829; Nallan v Helmsley-Spear, Inc., 50 NY2d 507, 519, 429 NYS2d 606, supra).
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