There is a common hallway shared by me and a few other units. The landlord rotates us in cleaning duties. If we don't perform the cleaning, we're fined. I have been fined in the past, and not thought anything of it.
However, after reading the state sanitary code (105 CMR 410.602D in particular), I believe this is illegal. The code states:
"In any dwelling, the owner shall be responsible for maintaining in a clean and sanitary condition free of garbage, rubbish, other filth or causes of sickness that part of the dwelling which is used in common by the occupants and which is not occupied or controlled by one occupant exclusively."
While it may seem trivial I do want to pursue any action available to me. Could this be put in a lease legally? If not, could I sue? Call the DOPH?