CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – If you own your own home, snow removal is up to you. If you’re a landlord or a tenant, that responsibility can be a little more complicated. 22News is working for you to explain who should do the shoveling and what to do if they don’t.
Most of the time, who’s responsible for what, is explained in the lease. Sometimes a lease is written with the tenant responsible for snow removal, but most of the time, it’s up to the property owner to take care of any snow or ice to provide safe conditions to get around in.
According to Feeding Hills attorney Abbe McLane, if your landlord isn’t fulfilling his or her snow removal duties, there are some steps you can take.
“Notifying your landlord in writing is always a good idea, because it documents that you have gone through all the steps to try to get this straightened out. Quoting the clause in the lease,” said McLane.
If you can’t get anywhere with your landlord, filing a complaint with your city or town’s code enforcement office can be another step you take, but if these don’t work then going to court might be your next option.
There are potentially tough penalties for land lords who retaliate against you or evicting you, if you complain or take them to court for not fulfilling these responsibilities.