In a letter, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) – a member of my Accessibility Task Force – and I called on property owners to adhere to snow removal obligations as the winter weather ramps up. The letter was sent to the Real Estate Board of New York, the Rent Stabilization Association, the Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominimiums, NAIOP NYC Chapter, and the NYC BID Association to be passed along to their member property owners.
By law, property owners are expected to clear snow and ice off of sidewalks to create a four-foot-wide path for pedestrians. Failure to comply will lead to fines, with the fine for the initial summons up to $150, and for every summons thereafter, between $150 and $350.
A sidewalk covered in ice and snow is an accident waiting to happen, especially for seniors and people with disabilities. Property owners have an obligation to remove snow in front and around their buildings. It’s not just a law, its human decency.
To view the letter in its entirety, click here.
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