The L-word: Liability. Not a fun topic, but oh, so important if you are a landlord or tenant. According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, homeowners are responsible for keeping their properties reasonably safe for visitors, up to and including the Amazon delivery guy - because who doesn't have a few packages arriving at their doorstep this time of year!
Your legal responsibility includes keeping those walkways and steps clear of slippery debris and applying gripping material on surfaces that become slippery with rainy conditions. But those are the basics - things get a little more complicated with a tenant/landlord situation, including off-site rental apartments or condos, and basement suites/shared-living agreements.
In Canada, tenants may share some legal liability with their landlord. Who is held liable depends on the circumstances of the incident, including questions as to whether or not the danger was foreseeable, if the owner's conduct was within acceptable standards of practice (is there negligence in not dealing with a known issue?), if the danger was present for an unreasonable amount of time, or if the danger could have been prevented.
In the US, the case for compensation due to slips and falls depends on the question of negligence. So, if your tenant complains of slippery steps on the property and you don't apply gripping or make the stairs less slippery, you may be legally responsible for injuries after a fall or slip.
If you are a landlord OR a tenant in the US or Canada, make sure all parties are clear about and understand who is responsible for keeping the property clear of hazards. No one wants to see anyone hurt, especially not if the issue that caused the fall or slip is totally avoidable.
Be a great landlord or tenant and be proactive - GripStrips are the most reliable, durable gripping product on the market for wooden surfaces. You can even opt for the colorful yellow strips as an extra visual safety measure.