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Snow clearing — rules for home owners

Garden Life
When it snows, there are a few things that home owners need to be aware of. The most important points are detailed below.

Mandatory snow clearing for all

As soon as it has snowed, home owners and landlords are required to clear the snow. However, the landlord can also assign this duty to the tenant, if this is stipulated in the rental agreement. Even working people and senior citizens must ensure that the snow is cleared, though they may pay someone else to do this for them.

When must snow be cleared?

Generally, paths must be cleared to a width of 80 to 120 cm between the hours of 6.30 a.m. and 8.00 p.m. In heavy snow, they must be cleared several times a day, but only once the snow has stopped falling. If a passer-by falls on an uncleared area after 8.00 p.m., he himself is responsible unless it is possible to prove that the residents did not adequately fulfil their duty to clear the snow during the prescribed time.

Expert tip

The use of road salt can cause damage to adjacent plants as well as having a long-term effect on the soil. It is therefore better to use sand or pellets to make the surface less slippery.