Winter brings with it plenty of situations with your apartment that may not concern you during the warmer months. When the snow falls and the temperature drops, questions regarding snow removal, heating, property maintenance, and parking come to mind. Here are some things you should know when it comes to renting an apartment during the winter months.

Snow Removal. Who is responsible for shoveling the sidewalk and driveway? Are there any city or town ordinances you need to be worried about? Who provides rock salt? When it comes to snow removal and safety at your apartment during the winter months, there can be a lot of questions. Many of the answers can likely be found in your lease agreement. If you can’t find the answers there, it is a good idea to reach out to your landlord and find out how they want to handle snow removal.

Heating. Heating your apartment can slip your mind during the warmer months when you don’t need to worry about it. With the weather getting colder, it may be a good idea to turn on your heat and make sure that it is working properly. If you find your heating system is malfunctioning, contact your landlord so that they can get it fixed before it’s too cold out.

Property Maintenance. Colder temperatures, snow, and ice can bring different hazards to the property you are renting. Broken heating systems, snow load damage to the roof, and burst pipes… all of these are damages your landlord is typically responsible to repair, but it is important to familiarize yourself with how to respond should damage happen. Learn how to turn off the water, take preventative measures, and talk to your landlord about what the process is to report the damage.

Parking. If you normally park on the street at your apartment, winter can bring with it some unknowns. Many cities and towns have rules in place that prohibit street parking in the event of a snowstorm to allow for snow plows to safely clear the snow. In addition, parking on the street can be nerve-wracking during the winter months due to other drivers on the road and the increased slippery conditions. Talk with your landlord and familiarize yourself with your town’s rules to come up with a game plan for parking during snow storms this winter.

The winter months can be filled with so much uncertainty due to the hazardous weather that it brings. Taking a few steps to make sure you are prepared and have a plan in place for weather emergencies can make the transition into the colder weather smoother, allowing you to focus on the good stuff like cookies, snowman building, and holiday movies.