This should be considered as a resident

Most land in residential areas is surrounded by residential areas . These are actually the sidewalks and road sections that surround your property. It is secondary, whether this is a built or undeveloped land. Basically here is always the landowner resident and is thus in the obligation of his ancillary obligations to comply or at least to a commissioner to hand over. Now one quickly realizes that here the motto the more the better does not apply. On the contrary, a larger adjacent area usually has far more disadvantages than advantages. This area is for the local residents more or less an unwelcome evil, rather than a blessing. In this way, the resident may be expected to incur a not insignificant amount of effort which he has to fulfill by fulfilling his ancillary obligations.

Clean and walk-in walkways

You can see from the respective local statutes in which context your duties lie here (example City of Trier), which regulates in detail your rights and duties for this area around your property. This regulation is part of our social obligation and ensures in this way that sidewalks and residential streets are always in a well-maintained and thus respectable and safe to use condition. For example, these properties are subdivided into municipal jurisdictions within each municipality or city and within the jurisdiction of the County Council . In this context, the organizational management of the different areas of responsibility will take place. The costs and expenditures for the cleaning and maintenance of certain areas are transferred proportionately by the municipalities and cities to the relevant residents, who must adhere to the statute prescribed by the municipality and have no chance to withdraw from it. By contrast, this task for public areas and areas without residents usually falls within the area of ​​responsibility of the municipality. In the end, it will carry the cleaning and maintenance in full and with full responsibility for the areas concerned. This applies, for example, to bus stops, bicycle lanes, footpaths without direct residents as well as access to public places.

Right of use of the residential area

Even if you are obligated as a resident to keep your adjoining area clean, you will not be entitled or privileged to You supervised and maintained area. In addition, even the most exemplary care of your neighboring part will not grant you Exclusive Use Rights . In this context, this also applies to the use of the adjacent part as a parking space for your car. Because even here, whoever comes first, paints first. If an even more provocative third-party parker blocks your parking space in front of your apartment door, he definitely has the right to his side in this connection. That's just the case with the right of residence , which basically consists solely of obligations of the resident.

Accessibility, cleaning and barking conditions

According to the statutes, you are obliged to regularly clean your berth . In addition, the riparian is obliged to keep its adjoining area fully accessible so that there are no safety risks for pedestrians. As an adjoining part you have to consider all sidewalks adjacent to your plot sides but possibly also other areas. You will also find a more precise definition of this with your municipal administration , which also regulates these points within the framework of a fixed statute. Even more important than the cleaning obligation is the winter clearing and Streupflicht, which can be very expensive in case of non-compliance, in case of damage and so fully charged the Räumpflichtigen (residents). These are mostly health damages, which are caused by accidents, which can be traced back to a faulty winter service and from which claims for liability may arise.

To what extent the bugging obligation is to be exercised , also regulates the municipal statutes in a legally binding form. Of course, the owner of a piece of land can also pass on the <599> item to a representative . This can be a caretaker but also a tenant or a tenant . In this context, the transfer of these obligations should already be clearly regulated in the rental or lease agreement. In addition, several contracting parties should also determine to what extent or interval a party has to comply with their complaint. If damage occurs in this context, the costs are borne by the contractually authorized party that did not duly fulfill its obligation of winter service. The permanent failure to clean the adjacent part is considered a violation of the municipal statute and punished in extreme cases with a fine. The form in which this regulation will apply is determined by the competent municipality within its own framework. No adjunct part no obligation - unfortunately not entirely true

If you are lucky, the location of your property is so favorable that you will not be able to Rip abutment part. So at first glance you are released from any obligation, yet this is not quite true. If your opposite neighbor has a neighboring part which must be kept in order within the framework of the municipal statute, the

compulsory settlement obligation in such cases changes annually between the two neighboring parties. In this way, you are obliged, after consultation with your neighbor, to participate in the measures specified in the statute. This regulation should also be found in the current statute, which is available at your local authority or city administration and can also be viewed there. Repair and refurbishment work


Renovation of the walkway and the road necessary, you as a resident also in the obligation to participate in the costs incurred. The calculation of costs usually depends on the length of your adjoining property. This often gets very expensive and then quickly runs into the thousands. However, this usually gives you the opportunity to pay your own contribution in appropriate financing rates to the responsible municipality. In this context, the residents also have a certain form of voice, which revolves around the plans of the renovation. This can be, for example, a voice in the planning for optical implementation of the relevant renovation project as well as a say in the choice of the building material to be used. Nevertheless, the nature of a voice is also governed here in different ways. In this context, so-called residents' meetings are called in advance. Within this, key questions are answered. In addition, such an event also serves to inform the local residents about the planned implementation measures. In addition, wishes of the residents are accepted and discussed within this framework. Artikelbild: © D.Bond / Shutterstock