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Old 10-15-2009, 12:05 PM
Location: Sharon, MA
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Default Renting - who has to shovel the snow?

I rent a house, and was speaking to a co-worker about having to find someone to come dig my car out when it snows this winter. She said that it was the LANDLORDS responsibility to provide access, including in and out of the driveway? Is this true?

If so, can someone point me to where it's written as mass regulation so I can forward to my landlord?
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Old 10-15-2009, 12:24 PM
Location: Acton
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I have always had to do it myself. I don't think the landlord has to. I have worked in real estate and looked quite a bit at renters rights and never seen it say the landlord has to.
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:11 PM
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There's no state reg for this as far as I know. It's something you negotiate as part of your rental. Most places I've rented the tenant handles this themselves.
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:18 PM
Location: Oakland, CA
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There's no law about it and it's up to the landlord. If clearing the driveway is included in your rent, it would be stated on the lease somewhere.
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:30 PM
Location: a bar
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The most they will do is sidewalks and steps, but most won't do that. They'd never shovel out your car.
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Old 10-15-2009, 04:06 PM
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I've ran across a few rentals out of hundreds that included snow removal. You would've been told when you first rented or inquired about the place, I think it's an added bonus, trying to sway you to rent one way or another.
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Old 10-16-2009, 05:51 AM
Location: Sharon, MA
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Ok. thanks. wasn't sure.
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:05 PM
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And those that do clear out snow may do so...several days later.
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Old 10-18-2009, 07:21 AM
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with multi unit dwellings yes, but with a single family house i'm not so sure if the landlord is absolutely required to do so. i would definitely get it in writing on the lease at the beginning of the term.
many times, by the time the snow has fallen, or still falling, the landlord has not/cannot make arrangements fast enough to get your car out for you to get to work; by the time they have it is too late, or the snow has melted, due to the funny weather we have. depending on where you are, snow doesn't last too long on the ground until it has melted . . .
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Old 10-18-2009, 08:31 AM
Location: MA/NH
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For an apartment building, most landlords have staff to keep the parking lot and sidewalks clear. With rented single, two and three family buildings, that's sort of a grey area. I have a two family and ten years ago, my tenant and I used to shovel out the driveway and walkways together. In recent years, it's been more me shoveling by myself. But I shovel since I need to get out myself. And the lady next door to me who lives in a three family unit, she shovels with her tenants.

If you are renting a single family house, probably it's on you to shovel out your own snow. Especially if your landlord is only renting out this one place. If he has many rentals, perhaps he has a contract with a service to plow out all of his rental properties. But check your lease's paperwork.

Do you have a lawn around your house? And who mows it?

If you are living in a residential neighborhood, maybe you can find some kids to shovel out your driveway for you for cheap. Or just buy your own snowblower. Personally, I enjoy the exercise of shoveling. And if we are expecting a heavy snowfall, I just park the cars at the end of the driveway.
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