Is Landlord Responsible for Tenant's Slip-and-Fall on Icy Steps?

LVT Number: #30199

Tenant of two-family house sued landlord to recover damages for injuries after slipping and falling on ice on the exterior front steps of his house. The court granted landlord's request to dismiss the case without a trial. Tenant appealed, and the case was reopened. There were genuine issues of material fact as to whether the property manager's verbal agreement with landlord regarding maintenance of the property was comprehensive and exclusive and therefore entirely displaced landlord's duty to maintain the exterior front steps and gutter.

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Sampaiolopes v. Lopes: Index Nos. 2018-06681, 2019-00735 -- 14931/12 (App. Div. 2 Dept.; 5/15/19; Mastro, JP, Austin, Miller, Maltese, JJ)