Homeowners board adopts hands-off stance on snow removal

Sidewalk-clearing leeway may snowball into bigger problem

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."