Plaintiff was a customer of a beauty shop; upon leaving the ladies' room connected with the shop, she fell at the entrance. The floor of the ladies' room was some seven inches higher than the floor of the shop, the door extending down to the level of the shop floor. This structural defect existed at the time of the lease, and there was no covenant to repair. Plaintiff sues defendant landlord, basing her claim in nuisance. Held, defendant landlord may be liable on negligence principles, since where a landlord leases premises on which he knows or should know that there are conditions likely to cause injury to persons entering upon the premises, and the purpose of the lease involves the entry of persons as patrons of the tenant, he is liable if he knows or should know that the tenant cannot reasonably be expected to remedy or guard against injury therefrom. Webel v. Yale University, 125 Conn. 515, 7 A. (2d) 215 (1939).
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