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Hi, I have two small apartment building complexes in PA (Coatesville

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Hi, I have two small apartment building complexes in PA (Coatesville and Columbia). I was wondering how long does a landlord legally have after a snow or ice fall, to clear and salt the area without being held for liability? Usually I am out there working on it as soon as it stops, but I feel it is very draining trying to be available when the last 'fall' stops, especially if I am at work and need to rush home. If it stopped accumulation at 6am and someone came outside and fell at 10am, would it be my negligence? Thanks
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  MShore replied 7 years ago.
Thank you for the post, yes you would liable for the fall because a reasonable opportunity was given (4 hours) for the snow/ice to be cleared. There really isn't a cutoff, but there is a standard of reasonableness under the circumstances.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I am sorry.... I guess I was thinking there would be a little more information given to the answer aside from basically a 'yes' or 'no' sentence. I never used this before and was wrong in thinking it was a little more 'thorough'. I am sorry for using your time
Expert:  MShore replied 7 years ago.
I will opt out, perhaps another Expert will provide the detailed information you seek. From your question I was unaware that you wanted caselaw and/or statutory reference.
Expert:  Barrister replied 7 years ago.

Hello,

 

Does it state in the lease who is responsible for snow removal?

 

Thanks.

Matt

 

 

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