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Licensees are a category of people that are generally referred to as being social guests.  This concept may be of importance in premises liability cases reports accident attorney Brien Roche.

Examples of Licensees

For instance, if  you invite someone to your home for a party that guest is technically a licensee.  The duty that is owed to a licensee is similar to what is owed to an invitee although there is some distinction made in the case law.  The occupier of land is liable to a licensee for injuries caused by conditions on the premises that the owner knew or should have known of.  Where the owner or occupier of property knows or has reason to know of dangerous conditions on the property and knows or has reason to know of the presence on the premises of social guests who do not know and have no  reason to know of that dangerous condition, then the property owner or occupier owes a duty to exercise reasonable care to make the premises safe. The property owner may also have a duty to warn the social guests of the condition. 

The distinction between the duty owed by a property owner to a licensee as opposed to an invitee is a bit unclear. In general the duty that is owed is simply one of reasonable care.Reasonable care is generally a question that will be submitted to the jury for a decision. That is whether you as the property owner acted in a reasonable fashion will be decided by the jury. On occasion the judge may make that decision as a matter of law. The general preference is to let the jury decide those questions.The rationale being that if the jury decides the case then there is complete record for the appellate court to review in the event of an appeal.

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