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Who is responsible for maintaining common areas of subdivisions?

Wayne Faulkner

That’s a tough question to answer: Who’s supposed to mow the grass and pick up litter depends on a number of factors.

First, if the neighborhood has an homeowners association, check with it. If not, then the situation gets a bit more complicated.

Perhaps the best place to start would be the county tax office, where you can try to find out who owns the land. If it’s a government or utility easement, then the responsibility could lie with whoever has those rights. If it’s private property, you can try to contact the owner.

If you get no satisfaction, then a complaint to a code compliance office might be in order, if the area is covered by maintenance restrictions.

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Meghan Riley

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