There's a reason owning a house is such hard work. Even if you follow all the rules and get your regular inspections, you could still get sued for reasons you never saw coming — this is what you probably didn't know you needed to watch out for.
If Trespassers Get Hurt In Your Pool. Yes, even if you didn't invite someone over you're at risk — that's why pools are called "attractive nuisances" in law. The owner is charged with knowledge that children will attempt to enter the pool and have a duty to keep the pool secure and safe.
If You Park Your Car In The Driveway. A homeowners' association in Fayetteville, New York, filed a lawsuit against one man for leaving his brand new pickup truck in the driveway. It stated that driveways in the neighborhood were for private passenger automobiles only and that the new truck didn't meet those standards!
If Your Dog Barks. "The more dangerous the breed, the larger the risk of being considered more dangerous. One Seattle family was fined $500,000 over their barking dog!
If Your Kids’ Playhouse Is The Wrong Color. Not only are playhouses potentially dangerous, but the color might offend your neighbors, too. This was the case for a Georgia family that was sued by their homeowner's association, because their daughter's playhouse was too pink. Oh, and a Kansas City family's was too purple.
If You Don’t Maintain Your Electrical Box. A California homeowner was sued for nearly $25 million by the federal government after it was discovered a spark from their poorly-maintained electrical junction box was the cause of a 2013 wildfire that charred more than 27,500 acres of land and cost the U.S. Forest Service more than $15 million to put out, plus $9 million in damages.
If The Trees In Your Backyard Are Old. Just like a family member, you should pay attention to the health of your trees if you don't want to be sued. If you notice one of your trees is sick and has the potential to fall, you may be liable if you fail to remove or trim it and it injures someone. Another thing to watch out for? Large limbs that drivers might not see as they zoom past your house.
If You Let Your Garbage Accumulate. No one likes dealing with the trash, but avoiding this dirty chore could have consequences. If you allow garbage to accumulate, it can attract rats, cockroaches and other pests. No one wants to be sued over infesting your neighbor's homes with insects or rodents. Even worse: They could head to your home next.
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