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Repairs on Condominium Unit

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1 Repairs on Condominium Unit on Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:49 pm

Johngokongwei


Arresto Menor
We are tenants of a Condominium unit and there is a leak on the unit below us.

The Condominium admin has done multiple flood test to determine if the leak is from our unit. We were told that the leak is from behind the walls and they would need access to our unit.

The unit owner doesn't seem to want to pay for the damages and I think it would be unfair if we shoulder the expenses given that the damage was not of our negligence.

Fast forward a couple of months, the unit below us have already vacated their unit because of the foul smell from the leak. The admin has requested us to move to a temporary space for 14 days to do repairs.

Is there a document that we can undertake with both the unit owner and the admin whereas we won't be held liable for the
1. Repair costs whatever the outcome may be
2. If the repair done will not fix the issue permanently and recur
3. If the unit owner doesn't think that the repair done has defaced his unit.

Thank you.

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2 Re: Repairs on Condominium Unit on Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:05 pm

Lunkan


Reclusion Perpetua
I don't know what deal the condo union have, but it's common with:
/the condo owner pay if the leak is from a pipe VISSIBLE in the condo (=in FRONT of the wall)
/while the condo union pay if the leak STARTS inside a wall or above the cealing.
It's rather common both with leaking pipes in walls, and leaking ROOFS but the water from the roof leak go behind the wall to down under. So perhaps they don't need to break your wall to find the leak... (But it can be needed to tear down PART of the wall anyway to dry out YOUR wall. But such costs belong normaly to the condo union (except perhaps painting and wallpaper repair after the wall is replaced).

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3 Re: Repairs on Condominium Unit on Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:28 pm

Johngokongwei


Arresto Menor
Thanks for the reply. I'm inclined to think that they won't charge us for the repairs but I just want to have an assurance that they won't. What type of document should I prepare so to cover my bases?

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4 Re: Repairs on Condominium Unit on Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:10 pm

Lunkan


Reclusion Perpetua
Johngokongwei wrote:Thanks for the reply. I'm inclined to think that they won't charge us for the repairs but I just want to have an assurance that they won't. What type of document should I prepare so to cover my bases?
Read the condo union rules
and the condo contract with the condo union.

There it's suppoused to tell where the border goes between who is responcible for different things. If it say the condo union pay, but they demand pay anyway, then you can just refuse to pay and refer to where you read it.
If the condo owner haven't agreed to something else, then the condo owner is NORMALY suppoused to be responible only for things he can have effect on. That's why the condo union normaly are responcible for pipes insiide the walls, so PERHAPS it's possible to winn a case even if the documents don't tell the condo union is responcible.

Sometimes it's a BUILDERS fault, but that's up to the condo union to handle and claim.

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