Court Rules in MHC Owner’s Favor

DaytonaBizLaw reports the Fourth District Court of Appeals in Florida, in the case of Hanrahan vs. Hometown America, LLC, involving a property owner’s responsibility to protect a tenant from insects, ruled in favor of Hometown America. A resident was attacked by a swarm of red ants that evidently led to his death a few days later. has learned the court’s ruling was based upon the idea of “ferae natura,” a common law doctrine which means “animals of a wild nature or disposition.” Florida law says a land owner is not required to protect an invitee from wild animals (or, in this case, wild insects) unless said landlord is harboring or possessing “ferae natura,” or has brought wild animals to his property that are not indigenous to the locale.

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