If you are renting the shore house, you as a tenant have certain rights under New Jersey Law. In turn, the owner/landlord has responsibilities to you as a tenant. The landlord has to rent you a house that is safe and free of unreasonably dangerous conditions.
Your landlord has a duty to keep common areas, such as the stairways, safe and free of unreasonably dangerous conditions and/or defects for tenants and their guests.
In order to keep the common areas safe, the landlord has the responsibility to not only make reasonable inspections of the common areas but to also guard against any defects that the landlord either knows about or should have discovered.
Therefore, if the owner knew or should have known before your fall that the stairs were damaged and did not fix them, then he may be responsible for your injuries.
There are other situations in which the owner can be held liable for your injuries; however, we would need to speak to you about the facts and circumstances of your fall and the condition of the steps.
Please contact our New Jersey fall down or premises liability lawyers to discuss your case at 877.944.8396.