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Generally, a landlord is responsible to provide a safe and nonhazardous condition. If a tenant or visitor is injured due to a defective stairwell or poor lighting, the landlord can be liable for the injuries caused by such a condition. However, if a tenant or visitor is injured as a result of their own fault, the landlord will not be liable. The status of the injured party may also affect his or her rights. For example a tenant has greater rights against a landlord than a trespasser does. Lastly, premises liability matters can become very complex depending on whether a landlord is responsible for certain conditions (e.g., snow or ice removal of a parking lot or sidewalk) versus a company hired by the landlord. When in doubt speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to better understand your rights—Jonas K. Seigel, Esq., Seigel Law