Generally is should be spelled out in the rental contract. However, if it isn't then its a grey area unless state law says otherwise.
Snow and ice are an act of god, and any reasonable person understands the hazards of such. Instead of waiting for an answer, why not call the landlord and ask or pick up a snow shovel and some deicer and have a go.
This is not legal advise, but just some research:
Some KY case law:
“Under common law premises liability, the owner of a premises to which the public is invited has a general duty to exercise ordinary care to keep the premises in a reasonably safe condition and warn invitees of dangers that are latent, unknown or not obvious.”
Lewis, 56 S.W.3d at 438.
“The majority of jurisdictions considering the issue [of premises liability] applies the landlord’s duty to inspectand repair common areas for lessees to conditions of natural origin such as ice and snow.”
Davis v. Coleman Mgmt. Co., 765 S.W.2d 37, 39 (Ky. App. 1989).
This does not impose an undue burden on the landlord.
The landlord’s actions should be evaluated according to what is reasonable under all the circumstances. Thelandlord is not a guarantor of the tenants’ safety. The landlord’s actual or constructive notice of the hazardousconditions is, of course, a significant factor.
Whatley v. Blue Lick Apartments, Ltd., 200 S.W.3d 497, 499 (Ky. App. 2006)
The possessor of land who leases a part thereof and retains in his possession any other part which the lessee is entitled to use as appurtenant to the part leased to him, is subject to liability to his lessee and others lawfully upon the land with the consent of the lessee * * * for bodily harm caused to them by a dangerous condition upon that part of the land retained in the lessor’s control, if the lessor by the exercise of reasonable care could have discovered the condition and the unreasonable risk involved therein and could have made the conditions safe.
Dixon v. Wootton, 307 Ky. 338, 340, 210 S.W.2d 967, 968 (Ky. 1948) (internal