A Georgia landlord is off the hook for injuries sustained when his tenant’s guest fell through a broken board on the deck of his rental property, because he and the client had inspected the allegedly faulty deck before entering their agreement, an appellate court has ruled.

For 17 years, landlord James A. Bennett had done his due diligence on an investment property he rented in Savannah. As with every tenant prior, he had inspected the property alongside prospective lessee Brenda Daughtry, before leasing the rental home to her.