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Q & A: Who Is Responsible for Clearing Snow & Ice?
Q: Who is responsible for clearing snow and ice?
A: If you own your home:
Homeowners are responsible for removing snow and ice. If you have homeowner's insurance, your policy will cover the costs if someone else is injured, up to the maximum amount of coverage available. If the medical bills are higher than the coverage you have, you can be held personally responsible for those costs.
If you rent:
If you rent your home, you may or may not be responsible for removing ice and snow.
If you rent or lease a single family home, you are likely responsible for taking care of snow and ice.
If you live in an apartment complex with several other units, the landlord or property management company should be responsible for removing snow and ice. However, always read your rental agreement thoroughly – there may be a clause in the contract stating you must take care of snow and ice removal.
If you live in a retirement community or rent from a company that manages properties for retirement-age tenants, they may take care of all maintenance and landscaping – including snow and ice removal.
Remember, every municipality has different laws regarding snow and ice removal for sidewalks. If you don't know the laws for your area, be sure to find out as soon as possible by calling your local municipality office.