Tenant Claims Long-Standing Debris Caused Stairway Slip and Fall

LVT Number: #30701

Tenant sued landlord for negligence, claiming that she slipped and fell on her apartment building stairway. Tenant said there was a repeated and long-standing hazardous debris condition, including chicken bones, liquid, and napkins. Landlord asked the court to dismiss the case without trial. The court ruled against landlord. In pre-trial questioning, tenant and a neighbor testified that this wasn't the first time that the stairway had been littered with debris. This put landlord's claim that it had no notice of the condition into question.

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Ventura v. Cherry Lane Assets LLC: Index No. 154996/2017, 2020 NY Slip Op 30582(U) (Sup. Ct. NY; 2/27/20; Perry, J)