Renters and tenants in apartment buildings have a right to habitable living conditions and a right to safe premises. In essence, landlords and building owners should ensure that an apartment building or home does not have safety concerns which might put the renters' health and safety at risk. Despite laws in place to protect renters, unsafe conditions such as falling ceilings and trip hazards may still exist and injure people.
Recently, five people were injured in Long Beach, New York, when a balcony of an old two-story apartment building collapsed. The debris from the collapse landed on a patio below, which was thankfully vacant. As a result of the collapsed balcony, all residents have been asked to stay off of their balconies until structural engineers evaluate and inspect the building. Reportedly, in addition to this most recent collapse, another resident of the apartment building indicated that his balcony also collapsed a few weeks prior to this most recent collapse.