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From Boston Metro Real Estate Broker, Bill Patterson

By Bill Patterson | Broker in Boston, MA

Your responsibilities during ice and snow (Homeowners)

With a quick, deep freeze moving in today for the Boston area, you should be aware that the Commonwealth has some ideas of what you should be doing in weather like this.  And what I mean is, if you don't do these things and someone complains or has an accident, you will hear about it.

- Shovel.  It is the property owner's responsibility to maintain a clear sidewalk.  This means that you are required to shovel early and often.

- Salt.  Also, it is the owner's responsibility to keep ice off of the walks.

Each city and town will have a different outlook on this, check with your town's website.  Boston has limits on fines, Cambridge has issued parking ticket style fines and you will be open to certain lawsuits if bad things happen.  Be careful, be vigilant.

I am not an attorney, this should not be considered specific legal advice.  If you need legal advice, consult an attorney.  In the meantime, please make sure to look at your city or town's web page.  I suggest searching "snow removal" once on the front page.

Here is a link to an article in the Boston Globe about the Shoveling Law.

Stay safe!


By Talisa Rafferty,  Wed Feb 2 2011, 18:32
This is a great post. So many people are just not aware of the responsibilities of home ownership.

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