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If you don’t shovel you may be sued!!!

By
Real Estate Agent with Success Real Estate

In a recent ruling the Massachusetts Supreme Court changed how people slipping on ice and snow on your property was handled.  The prior law read that if you, as a home or business owner, chose not to clear the snow or ice off of your property it was ruled as it was an “act of nature” and you were not liable.  Well, that has now changed!

Please read this article:

Sharpen Your Shovel—Clear That Snow and Ice

The law now states that every property owner has a duty to use “reasonable care”.

What does that mean to you as a homeowner with your home on the market?????

………The snow removal reasonably expected of a property owner will depend on the amount of foot traffi c to be anticipated on the property……..If you know a showing is scheduled for the day AND you are aware that we received snow, than you are obligated to make sure the paths are clear and free of ice and snow.

Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Cicadas are coming! Cicadas are coming!

in Illinois, it use to be (don't know if it still is)... that if you shovelled your residential walk, and someone fell... they could sue you for having performed a bad job... (you didn't clear it enough, or you didn't salt it) neglicence, right?... BUT if you hadn't shovelled your walk, they couldn't sue, because the snow that fell from the sky was just an act of God.

so it came down to "if you DO shovel, you may be sued!"

Dec 31, 2010 07:34 AM
Bobbie Files
Success Real Estate - Taunton, MA
Realtor, Berkley, Greater Taunton Homes for Sale

That is basically how it was here too, if Mother Nature deposited it and you did not alter it you were okay. Now it is considered negligence to leave it. 

Dec 31, 2010 08:16 AM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

It would be great if the REO's were plowed and shoveled in a timely fashion.  They should fine the heck out of the banks.  Happy New Year.

Dec 31, 2010 09:00 AM
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