Owner Responsible for Tenant's Water-Damaged Goods

July 19, 2009
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Facts: Shortly after a tenant leased retail space in a shopping center to operate her clothing store, water began seeping through leaks in the roof. By June 2006 the entire store was flooded, damaging much of the inventory. After a brief re-opening, the tenant's store was closed permanently in November 2006. The tenant sued the owner for breach of its lease obligation to provide a serviceable roof.

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