Second District Addresses Landlord/Owner Liability in Negligent Security Cases

In Jones v. Basha, the Second District addressed Landlord/Owner Liability in the negligent security context.  This case involved a carjacking, which occurred in arguably an area considered to be the "Common Area."  The court terms the parking lot, where the carjacking occurred, outside the store as "public access to the store," as opposed to being part of the demised portions of the building that were actually purchased by the store.  Therefore, although the landlord owned the asphalt where the plaintiff was allegedly attacked, the Landlord, and/or its employees, did not venture over into the subject area, for any type of control purpose--to hold the landlord liable.

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