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Court: Ohio landlords have duties to provide safe environment for tenant guests
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 10:44 AM EST
The Ohio Supreme Court has found that landlords must provide a safe environment to guests of their tenants.
Wednesday's decision says that state law requires landlords to do whatever is reasonably necessary to keep their properties in a "safe and sanitary condition."
Previously, the 9th District Court of Appeals in Akron found that a landlord's responsibilities didn't extend to guests.
That conflicted with a more recent finding by the 10th District Court of Appeals in Columbus in a case involving a teenager who fell through a glass panel at the bottom of an unlit staircase. That court found that the landlord breached his duties and was liable for her injuries.