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A fire occurs in a building and the city puts a vacate order

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A fire occurs in a building and the city puts a vacate order on the door barring all access without putting "government locks" on the door or properly sealing the building off. If the landlord/stranger gets in the building and steal tenant's property,
can the city be held liable by the tenant since the vacate order prevented tenant from going to get his/her belongings?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 2 years ago.
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If the city puts a vacate notice on the building and forces the tenants out, it is the building owner/landlord who is liable for securing the building and NOT the city. The City gives the order, but the landlord owns the building and it is up the building owner to secure the building to prevent entry of anyone who could get hurt or from taking anything from the building until it gets made safe enough for the tenants to remove the property that belongs to them.