Tenant Can Get Damages for Pain and Suffering After Ceiling Collapse

LVT Number: #31190

Long-term tenant sued landlord in small claims court for $5,000, based on personal injuries he sustained in his apartment when a portion of the bathroom ceiling suddenly collapsed and fell on his head and neck. Tenant testified at trial that, two days before the incident, he'd notified the building super of a leak in the bathroom ceiling. He also testified that, before the incident, the super shut off the water in the upstairs apartment, but didn't fully repair the leak at that time.

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