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If you are a New York City resident, you may be getting tired of the weather. NYC’s cold weather has brought a lot of snow, which means lots of shovels and plows. You may be wondering who is responsible for cleaning the snow on NYC properties. This is an important question to ask, because if a snow & ice accident occurs, a certain party may be held responsible for any resulting injuries. Read on to learn more about snow removal in New York, who may be held responsible, and what to do in the event that an accident occurs.

Who is Responsible for Snow Removal in New York City?

There are a few parties who may be held responsible when it comes to clearing the snow from New York City properties. This list includes:

  • Property owners
  • Tenants
  • Landlords
  • Municipalities

When it comes to determining which party is responsible, it really depends. Each town or village has its own rules and regulations when it comes to snow removal, and there are a lot of different factors involved. When it comes to commercial or residential properties, the responsibility will generally be specified in the lease. But, the type of property will alter who is responsible. For example, multi-family residences typically have provisions designating the management company responsible to clear snow from the premises. But, when it comes to a single-family home, the responsibility often falls to the tenant. It is important to look over your lease and check with your town’s ordinances.

How Can I Keep My Property Safe?

If you have determined that you are responsible for removing the snow from your property, it is important to know your options. You may clear the snow yourself, or hire a third-party removal company. Regardless, it is important that you keep your property safe. If the property is not properly maintained, serious injury can occur.

What if I Am Injured in a Snow & Ice Accident?

If you or a loved one has become injured in a snow & ice accident, you should reach out to a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Our firm will help determine the responsible party and fight to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Reach out to our firm to speak with a dedicated attorney today.

Contact our Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


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