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Can a landlord or building owner be held liable for stairs that are poorly lit?

Yes; in certain cases, building owners or their managing agents can be held liable in negligence for inadequate lighting in their building's stairways under New York law. For more on this topic, please see "How Building Owners Can Be Liable for Defectively Lit Stairways in NY."
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