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Snow and Ice Removal

Snow Ice RemovalWow! Winter storm Nemo turned out to be all that was predicted! How did you and your family weather the storm? I hope you weren't one of the many who lost power! We adorned the dog with garlands of cranberries and June practiced skating on the pond behind our house. Oh, and there was shoveling! Lots and lots of shoveling. I must admit, I was glad for my get-out-of-shoveling-free-card, AND I so appreciate the many neighbors and friends who helped clear our neighborhood -- sidewalks as well as driveways. What a huge effort!

And while it's great to have that sense of community togetherness, this post from the Massachusetts Real Estate Law Blog reminded me, it's also the law. In 2010, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court overruled 125 years of legal precedent which protected property owners from "natural accumulations of ice and snow," and announced that all Massachusetts property owners and landlords are legally responsible for the removal of snow and ice from their property. The rule applies across the board, to homeowners, landlords, commercial business owners, restaurants -- in a nutshell, to everyone.

So be safe out there and ensure others are safe on your property, which will also protect you in the long run!

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