Respondeat Superior


Definition of "Respondeat superior"

Josephine Jordan
  Raritan Bay Realty

term used in law stating 'allow the principal to respond'. An owner of property
is legally liable for the improper actions of an agent representing him if it is within the scope of
the duties reasonably expected to be performed. For example, a landlord may be held accountable for
injury to prospective homeowners when the agent gets into an automobile accident showing them around
to different apartment buildings.



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