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What are my legal obligations regarding snow removeal in MA?
Kent M, MA on Tuesday, February 19, 2008
RE: snow removal
I don't know about MA, but usually it depends on the city or township(their could be fines). If there is a public sidewalk you should probably clean up the snow as soon as possible to avoid falls and lawsuits.If the property is occupied by a tenant I would have had it in the lease, available thru this website, that they remove the snow.
Posted by Shawn G, PA on Saturday, March 1, 2008
RE: snow removal
Snow removal may not only be a "legal" issue but more than that a liability issue. By failing to either describe in your lease that the tenant will be responsible for the snow removal or doing it yourself, if anyone were to slip and fall, it could leave you open for a lawsuit. Frankly, even shovelling can leave you open for a law suit but it is harder for the suing party to prove negligence.
Posted by Supplee Properties , PA on Monday, March 3, 2008
RE: snow removal
I put it in the lease that they are responsible for their own sidewalk to the door. They don't do it anyway !!
Posted by Donna M, PA on Wednesday, March 5, 2008
RE: snow removal
In MA you can not require the tenant to remove snow from common porches, stairs and walks.
Posted by Gregory G, MA on Sunday, September 21, 2008
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