Rental agreements spell out the terms between a landlord and tenant. Renting a property may or may not require a tenant to maintain it or maintain a portion of the property, depending on the agreement. For instance, a rental contract may state the landlord is responsible for plowing parking areas after snowstorms, while tenants must clear walkways to their own apartments.
Allegheny County apartment owners and operators must take reasonable safety measures to prevent tenant and guest accidents. In premises liability cases, courts consider whether a landlord was aware of dangerous conditions, like unlit parking lots – inviting a slip or trip-and-fall accident or security risk -- or damaged stairs. How the property owner responded helps determine fault.