Was Landlord Responsible for Tenant's Fall in Stairway?

LVT Number: #24444

Tenant sued landlord for negligence after she slipped and fell in a building stairway while trying to avoid a puddle of urine covering some of the steps. Landlord claimed that it wasn't responsible and asked the court to dismiss the case without a trial. The court ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed, and the case was reopened. Landlord showed that, although it was aware of an ongoing problem with loiterers in the building's stairwell leaving debris and urine, it had no actual notice of the specific condition that caused tenant's accident.

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