Boston Beacon Hill condo owners are responsible for removing snow from the sidewalks outside their buildings. Normally the building manager has a staff that removes the snow. as part of your condo fees. However, if the condo association is self managed its imperative someone is appointed to ensure that this hazard is completed in a timely manner.

What About Trees on Sidewalks?

The Boston Department of Public Works (DPW) is responsible for pruning and maintaining all trees located on city streets—not homeowners or Boston condo associations.

This is a question that comes up in inspections, so I thought I’d share some background on tree care.

The city has been caring for the “worst first,” meaning trees that pose safety hazards, are near power lines or have caused structural flaws. This is particularly important to note because “structural flaws” concerns sidewalks where tree roots have damaged and lifted up concrete, posing major trip hazards, you can call 3-1-1

Visit BPW website for more details

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John Ford
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Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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