Homeowners board adopts hands-off stance on snow removal

Sidewalk-clearing leeway may snowball into bigger problem

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Dear Barry: The board of directors of my homeowners association has decided not to enforce snow removal on the sidewalks of homeowners' properties. The CC&Rs (covenants, conditions, and restrictions) simply state that homeowners must maintain sidewalks on their property. The original board of directors accepted complaints about homeowners not removing snow, and routinely sent out violation notices. But the new board members say they do not have the right to enforce snow removal because the CC&Rs only use the word "maintain." How can I convince the board that they need to enforce snow removal for the good of residents and visitors? --Susan Dear Susan: The board of directors has apparently abandoned common sense. We live in a litigious society. Everyone knows that a slip-and-fall accident on an icy sidewalk has the potential to become an expensive lawsuit. Perhaps a letter from an attorney should be sent to the board to educate them about the risks they a...