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Duties to Occupants

Duties to Occupants

Learn about the duties of land possessors to occupants of the property based upon the classification of the occupants as invitees, licensees, known trespassers, and unknown trespassers.


Let's talk about one particular situation where the general duty might give way to more specific standards in certain discrete, factual contexts. Namely, we're doing a brief survey here of the duties of owners and possessors of land to occupants of their property.

Typically, jurisdictions in the United States take one of two approaches when it comes to defining the scope of a landowner's duty to those who occupy the property. The first approach, which has been the dominant approach throughout...