PROPERTY OWNER DUTY: Under California law, what duty(s) do property owners in California have in regarding snow or ice in regards to a trip and fall or slip and fall (or any injury accident)?

Generally, the law in California doesn't require a property owner to remove ice or snow that accumulates outside his or her building as the result of the weather. However, if weather conditions on the property cause an unnatural accumulation (something that a reasonable person would find not reasonable) of ice or snow, the property owner may be liable for slip and fall accidents that occur as a direct result. In addition, if a property owner elects to provide snow or ice removal, he or she must not do so negligently; meaning it should be done in a reasonable manner that does not then attribute to any injuries to others, etc.

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