Are you planning on getting away from the city and go to a cottage or other vacation rental in the province this summer? Or maybe you own a cottage and plan on renting it out yourself to other visitors?
You may be wondering what could happen if someone was injured while at a cottage rental property.
An injured person using a cottage can sue the owner of the property. Cottage owners are legally responsible to ensure that the property is reasonably safe for the people using it. This means that cottage owners should be making sure that the docks, entryways, pools, pathways, and porches are kept maintained and safe. Potential injuries include renters slipping and falling and having an accident while using water equipment like a boat or jet ski.
If the cottage also includes the use of recreational equipment like boats and jet skis, it is important that the cottage owner have a system in place to ensure that those using the equipment have the necessary licences and experience. The equipment being rented should also always be kept in good, safe, working order to ensure that it is reasonably safe for the persons using them.
It is important to note that not all insurance policies will cover liability caused by renters of the property. You should always inform your insurer if you rent your cottage out to renters to make sure that you are covered. If you rent your property and do not inform your insurer beforehand, the insurer could deny you coverage.
If you or someone you know has been injured at a cottage, you may be able to sue for financial compensation. Please contact our team at JEWELL RADIMISIS JORGE LLP for a free initial consultation.