Property and owners have three types of visitors when it comes to personal liability: invitees, licensees, and trespassers. An invitee is someone who is on a property for business, such as a client meeting a professional at their office or a customer walking into a shop. A licensee is someone who invited to come over to the property, such as a friend stopping over to hang out.
A trespasser is someone who enters the property without the owner’s permission and possible without them knowing about it. Property owners have different duties to protect each type of visitor to their home. Invitees are owed all the same duties as licensees, but there are additional duties that a property owner has to an invitee.
The premises need to be inspected more thoroughly and there needs to be proper safeguards for all of the hazards. For example, a homeowner might not need to have the same amount of railing on a staircase as a commercial property owner might need to.
An Atlanta premises liability attorney may be able to provide more information about invitees.