Snow Removal Responsibilities

When it comes to winter maintenance at condo properties, the rule is that New England condo associations must keep their property “reasonably safe.” Clearing snow and ice from walkways is an obvious way to keep the property reasonably safe, but the rule encompasses more than snowblowing or shoveling.

Care must be taken about where shoveled snow is placed. Roofs must be cleared to prevent damage to the building and to prevent a sheet of snow and ice from falling on walkways or residents. And of course, fire hydrants must be kept clear of snow.

Most associations or condo management companies hire companies to care for their property’s winter needs. These services can be purchased a la carte and usually are paid for by each inch of snow removal, or an all-encompassing contract can be purchased.

The contract often specifies how many inches of snow will trigger the service to be provided. Some condo associations will purchase a flat rate contract, which works in favor of the snow removal company in dry years, but helps out the condo association in particularly snowy ones.

No matter which option you choose, the important thing to remember is that keeping your residents safe in dangerous weather conditions is of utmost importance. Enjoy the rest of the winter!

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