Slips and Falls by Tenants on Exterior Staircases
Slip and falls that occur on ice or snow in Massachusetts are very difficult to prevail upon. The injury victim must show that the owner or controller of the premises failed to reasonably remove snow and ice, in order for the case to be a case worth pursuing. For our purposes here, let us concentrate on slips and falls on ice and snow that occur in the landlord/tenant context.
The landlord/tenant statutes that are in place in Massachusetts generally favor tenants in that landlords are held to high standards of conduct. In the context of slips and falls on ice and snow, landlords are held to a very high duty to keep exterior stairways free of ice and snow.
If the tenant can show that the landlord failed, in violation of the relevant provisions of the Sanitary Code, or in some other way, to keep an exterior stairway free of ice and snow, the tenant may have a valid claim, assuming, of course, that certain legal elements are satisfied.
To recap, slips and falls on ice and snow are tough cases to prevail upon. But in the context of landlord/tenant law, the standards governing these accidents are clearly in favor of the tenant.
Please contact me with any questions you may have about slips and falls on ice and snow in Massachusetts.