I recently moved in with my boyfriend. His sister and her husband Tom live in the other half of our duplex house.
Every time it snows, Tom gets up at six thirty and shovels the driveway. The problem is, we really don't want to join him. I'm perfectly happy to leave the driveway uncleared. The snow's never higher than ankle-high, so you can walk through it just fine, and it's not a problem for any of our cars, either.
I wouldn't mind shoveling snow when I come home from work, but Tom's not willing to leave the snow in the driveway all day. This has led to some bad feelings between us, because Tom feels like we're forcing him to do our portion of the work, too, while we feel that if he wants to do work that doesn't need doing at all, knock yourself out but leave us out of it.
To be clear, there's no legal obligation to clear one's own driveway, and we're not regularly visited by any elderly people who might be in danger of falling in the snow. Do we have some sort of moral/etiquettely duty to help clear our joint driveway, even though we don't mind the snow there?