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2WTK: Does Your HOA Have To Plow Your Snow?

Some agreements include snow maintenance, road maintenance and landscaping, but the problem is, most HOA agreements aren't very specific.

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- It can be frustrating. Snow, piled up on your road or your sidewalk.

If you part of your Homeowners Association, check the fine print in your agreement. If you live in the city limits, chances are, your HOA doesn't cover snow removal. Some agreements include snow maintenance, road maintenance and landscaping, but the problem is, most HOA agreements aren't very specific.

Snow maintenance could mean they shovel once, or they clear sidewalks but not parking lots or they only do work if there's more than half a foot of snow. It's on you to check the fine print or ask your HOA.

The same goes for if you're renting. Check your lease. If it's a single-family home, you might be responsible for clearing your own driveways and walkways. If it's a multi-family facility, property management will likely be responsible for clearing away snow from the public-use places. This all depends on what's written out in your lease.

If you live on a private road, it's up to the residents to keep it plowed.

If you live in a home with a public sidewalk adjacent to the property, the City of Greensboro says property owners are responsible for keeping them clear of obstructions, including snow and ice.

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