Property owners may be familiar with the concept of an “attractive nuisance” – something on your property that may look inviting, but is actually harmful. Many Floridians associate pools with this, for example. This is why Florida law requires that residential swimming pools be equipped with barriers with specific characteristics outlined in the statutes. Other examples include trampolines, tree houses, machinery, or dangerous animals.
The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has even authored a Handbook of Florida Fence and Property Law to provide a basic overview of the many rights and responsibilities that landowners have under Florida’s fencing and property law. It outlines a landowner’s responsibility to three categories of visitors:
- invitees, or any individual who is invited onto the landowner’s property or is led to believe that an invitation was given.
- licensees, or any individual entering the owner’s property, albeit without invitation, but rather with the assent of the owner for the individual’s own convenience, pleasure, or benefit.
- trespassers, who enter the property of another without an invitation, license, or other right to enter the property.
If you have an attractive nuisance on your property, take the proper precautions to protect yourself, as well as visitors of all types to your property. Consult with FloriFence today to schedule a site visit and the installation of a residential or commercial fence in the Tampa Bay region.