Owner Must Maintain Lighting Near Loading Dock

Facts: A discount store rented space at a strip mall. The lease provided that the center’s owner would maintain the lighting in the common areas, including the area of the center behind the stores, which was used as a loading dock for merchandise to be brought into the tenant’s store. The owner also agreed to indemnify the tenant for claims arising from an unsafe condition on the premises caused by the owner’s maintenance failure.

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