MILLER MILLER v. 135 REALTY ASSOCIATES

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, New York.

Jennifer Alexis MILLER, an Infant, by Her Mother and Natural Guardian, Debra MILLER, et al., Plaintiffs-Respondents, v. 135 REALTY ASSOCIATES, L.P., et al., Defendants-Appellants.

Decided: November 23, 1999

ELLERIN, P.J., ROSENBERGER, TOM, ANDRIAS and BUCKLEY, JJ. William D. Fireman, for Plaintiffs-Respondents. Andrew Sapon, for Defendants-Appellants.

Order, Supreme Court, Bronx County (Lottie Wilkins, J.), entered September 17, 1998, which granted plaintiffs' motion for partial summary judgment on the issue of liability, unanimously affirmed, with costs.

 Partial summary judgment on the issue of liability was properly granted.   Defendants had notice that a child under seven resided in the subject apartment and thus were chargeable with notice of any hazardous lead condition therein (see, Juarez v. Wavecrest Management Team Ltd., 88 N.Y.2d 628, 649 N.Y.S.2d 115, 672 N.E.2d 135).   Defendants' cursory inspections of the apartment, which did not include any tests for the presence of lead, and their belated and inadequate attempts to abate the lead-based paint condition did not meet the standard of reasonableness.   The lead-based paint condition was established as the proximate cause of the injuries suffered by the infant plaintiff, who resided in the apartment since birth.   We have considered and rejected defendants' remaining contentions.

MEMORANDUM DECISION.