Does a landlord owe a duty of care in relation to leased premises?

The landlord needs to take care to avoid foreseeable risks. Reasonable steps depend on the
circumstances of the case. A landlord must not let premises that s/he knew or ought to have known were defective. For liability to be established there needs to have been some notice of problems and failure to act on that notice. A landlord is only required to take as much care as was reasonable in the circumstances, noting that all domestic or commercial or industrial premises have some element of danger and can never be maid completely safe.

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