Landlords Have a Duty to Provide Safe Environment for Tenants
Landlords are required to provide a safe environment for their tenants. In many states, landlords are legally responsible for the failure to keep tenants safe from dangerous conditions on a property or safe from criminal activity.
A landlord has a duty to make inspections and inform tenants and others that legally enter the property of hazards that exist on the premises (not so for trespassers).
A landlord must take reasonable measures to ensure the safety of tenants from other tenants and from criminals that enter the property (i.e. locks and adequate lighting).
If a tenant sustains physical or property damage after a landlord becomes aware that the property is unsafe, the tenant may be able to sue and recover compensation from the landlord.