Lessor Not Liable for Tenant Fall down stairs

A tenant who sued her lessors for damages after she fell down a flight of stairs and became a partial paraplegic has had her claim denied by the Supreme Court of Queensland.

The woman alleged the lessors breached duties owed to her in line with the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008, her tenancy agreement and common law.

She alleged the stairs were dangerous because they were steep, had no handrails and low lighting levels, and the carpet on the stairs was slippery.

However, the Court found there was no evidence that the stairs were not in good repair and that no previous tenant had identified any problem with the stairs.

The Court found that the lessors were entitled to assume the stairs were reasonably safe, and there was ‘nothing peculiar about these stairs which single them out from typical internal stairs in thousands of units throughout the State.’

The judge also found that the lessors took their obligations seriously, as they carried out regular inspections and kept records.

Judgement was found in favour of the lessors, with costs.

The full judgement is available to read on the Supreme Court of Queensland website.