There's nothing easy or simple about a slip and fall accident. If you've fallen at someone's home, you know exactly who's responsible for the land and property. However, if you fall at someone's rented property, things can become complicated very quickly.
Keeping the property safe is the responsibility of the landlords and property managers. If walkways need repair, snow needs to be shoveled, or any other hazards become evident, the landlord is generally required to handle these issues in a timely manner.
However, in some instances tenants and renters can be held accountable for the safety of the properties they rent. Because they've consented to signing a lease, there may be terms that require renters to clear the walkways of any hazards.
We hear time and again from renters and landlords alike, because they are confused about who's responsible for snow and ice removal. Generally, it depends on the living circumstances. If you rent a house, you may or may not be responsible for the snow removal. If you live in an apartment building, you're less likely to be the one shoveling the snow.
Snow and ice aren't the only dangers that lead to slip and fall accidents. Be on the lookout for the following hazards:
If you're ever injured on a rented property, know exactly what to do in order to protect your rights. Find out more at our after a slip and fall accident webpage that teaches you what to do in the event of a fall. Always be sure to seek medical attention and collect evidence if you're able.
Insurance companies may try to deny your claim or offer you a lowball settlement. Don't let them leave you holding the bills. We can help you stand up to them, and we'll fight to get you the compensation – and peace of mind – that you deserve.
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