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Who is responsible for the removal of snow/ice in all common walkways within a 24-hour time period?

Asked by Trulia Boston, Boston, MA Wed Jan 16, 2013

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It varies as per building association agreement. Preventative measures include shoveling snow before it has a chance to become compacted, either through melting and refreezing or from vehicles, and placing heavy plastic over small areas before a winter storm.
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Check your rental agreement / condo association docs.


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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 19, 2013
Depends on the management of the association. Check all condo doc's and HOA doc's.


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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 17, 2013
This along with other management issues should be clearly spelled out in the HOA documents.
Our recommendation is to refer to these guideline resources.

Bill
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Your question refers to "common walkways" so I am concluding these areas are within the property boundary like the paths to the parking area etc. The answer to that should be available either in your condo docs or rental agreement. Many condo buildings will have a contractor take care of it, ditto for some landlords especially in a large complex. If you are talking about the sidewalk, the same answer applies but the owner can get fined by the city.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 17, 2013
Just to add to the answer the side walks are generally cleared quite quickly and those buildings that do not clear the walk have been known to get fined for not clearing the side walk in front of their building from what I understand.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 16, 2013
If you are in a full service building or one where snow removal is part of your rent your landlord will take care of the snow. If this a property you own each association could handled things different. Some are self managed and they will clear their own walkways. Some opt to include snow removal in their fee and a company will remove the snow.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 16, 2013
the owner of the building if you are renting or the condo association if you are an owner in a condo
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As a property owner in the South End, I know that the owner is responsible for clearing walks.
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The owner of the property is responsible for snow removal and yard upkeep. If you're renting landlords will often out in leases that the tenant is responsible. Regardless, Mass. state law requires the owner to take responsibility which supersedes any "lease" when it all comes down to it.
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Most likely ends up with the landlord or management company unless lease specifies differently. But really ends up being landlord responsibility.
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City of Boston Snow and ice to be removed from sidewalks and pedestrian walkways.
The property owner of the land abutting the sidewalk or other paved pedestrian walkway is responsible for the removal of snow and/or ice from said sidewalk or pedestrian walkway within 24 hours after the end of said precipitation. The prescribed areas must be substantially free of snow and/or ice so as to allow safe and convenient pedestrian passage.
Vincent Murphy Jaguar RE South Boston / Boston Rentals Berklee Fenway
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Dear Trulia:

The Landlord is held responsible, if he has assigned a Property Management company, they are. But the buck stops with the Owner/s.

Best regards
Ruth
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 16, 2013
The owner or the condo association is responsible for removing the snow from the sidewalk in front of the property.
Web Reference: http://mybostoncondo.com
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Usually, it is the LL or the management company taking care of the property.
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