New York City has over 12,750 miles of sidewalks. In a city with close to 9 million residents, accidents are bound to happen along these pathways if they are not well maintained. But whose responsibility is it to maintain these sidewalks? This question is especially pertinent when someone suffers an injury and wants to file a lawsuit.
Changes to NYC Sidewalk Maintenance Law
For a long time, victims of sidewalk accidents would file claims against City Council. However, the City of New York enacted changes in 2003 that transferred the duty of sidewalk maintenance to the owner of properties abutting the sidewalk. In the amended New York City Administrative Code of 2003, Section 7-210 shifts responsibility and liability to adjacent property owners.