Here’s How to Snitch on Building Owners for Not Shoveling the Snow
Waking up to streets of fluff (or slush) might deter some from trudging to the local bodega. Largely because many building owners are guilty of neglecting the snow cleanup. Some are late to it, and others just ignore the task altogether. Some are even chronic offenders; you know who they are if you’ve walked the Lower East Side streets enough.
The rule states that landlords are not required to shovel during the actual storm. But the clock starts ticking once precipitation stops, with the possible penalty of a summons if cited. Below is the so-called “shoveling law”:
If snowfall ends:
- Between 7 AM and 4:59 PM, sidewalks must be cleared within 4 hours.
- Between 5 PM and 8:59 PM, sidewalks must be cleared within 14 hours.
- Between 9 PM and 6:59 AM, sidewalks must be cleared by 11 AM.
So, if it’s your style, there is a portal to snitch on those landlords who don’t shovel.