Sternbaum v Dhesi

Landlord and tenant – Repair. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, upheld the dismissal of a claim under s 4 of the Defective Premises Act 1972, which the appellant had brought, following her having slipped and fallen as she had walked up the stairs of a property. Among other things, it held that there was little doubt that, without a handrail, the staircase was a hazard. However, as unsafe as it might have been, there was nothing about it that could possibly justify the description of being in disrepair.

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