So my wife and I are tenants in a 2 family. Our lease (and our neighbors lease) states that we are responsible for sharing the shoveling of the driveway we share and the sidewalk and front and back steps. Sounds simple, right? Well, this year, our upstairs neighbors have decided not to shovel. They've given us some cockamimie story in passing that the wife has a bad back and the husband a pulled shoulder (lets just say we doubt their story). We had a few heavy snowstorms and my wife shoveled 3 days in a row while they peeked from the windows every once in a while (I was away travelling). The next snowstorm I was home so I waited a bit after the storm to see whether they would do anything. When they didn't, I went out and shovelled the driveway (large driveway), sidewalk and front and back steps.
I called the landlord and complained and he said that he would talk to them diplomatically. It seems that he doesn't want to rock the boat. The next snowstorm, I didn't do anything and after some time they both came out and shovelled (apparently, their physical ills miraculously dissapeared).
The next snow, I calculated it was their turn (We'd shovelled at least 3-4 times and they had only done the one). They didn't do anything and on the third day when one of them had to go somewhere (it was a long weekend), she came down and tried to drive over the snow and got stuck on the huge pile of snow at the entrance to the driveway. So she got the shovel, dug herself out and then went on her merry way, leaving everything untouched. So I got frustrated, came out and shoveled the driveway but left the sidewalk and front steps unshoveled. So its been some time and the sidewalk is still covered in snow. I don't want to be 'that house' that doesn't shovel its sidewalks so I may just shovel it. The next step is to have a sit down with them and have a talk. However, I don't have much hope for any progress.
The thing is, there are people around who will shovel everyting for $30. I feel that if they are incapable of shoveling, at least hire someone for their turns or have the decency to talk to us rather than mumble some lame excuse as you rush to your car that you can now drive after my wife has just shovelled for 4 hours. Or get their grandniece who is always around (stays over some nights and even comes to do her laundry) who is in her twenties do some shoveling. This is a couple I am guessing in their late forties early fifties who have no disabilities so this attitude dumbfounds us.
So, if this meeting produces nothing, and it seems our landlord is unwilling to do anything (despite the fact that their lease obligates them to share the shoveling), what are our options besides moving?
We love our apartment, our landlord, apart from this issue, has been great. We don't want to be 'that house' but at the same time I resent our neighbors shirking their responsibilities and living off the sweat of our labor.