Owner Must Inspect After Eviction

Owner Must Inspect After Eviction

Facts: A tenant restaurant defaulted on its lease by operating an after-hours dance club and by failing to pay its rent. The owner sued to evict the restaurant and won, but a week and a half after the eviction judgment was made, the restaurant was still operating, and a customer slipped and fell on the restaurant's dance floor due to a ceiling leak. The customer sued the restaurant and the owner for her injuries. The jury awarded the customer $385,440 in damages, and the owner appealed the award.

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