In our condo if the water has entered from the outside the association is 100 per cent responsible. We recently had this happen at our condo and the condo property manager took over the entire drying, replacement of wall board and carpet.
Read the condo documents. There is an insurance section that will tell the board what they must purchase and what it must cover. Often, I see the association must purchase insurance to rebuild the condo unit back to builder grade (carpeting not hardwood flooring). If you have documentation that the building had drainage issues and this was bought to the boards attention and no action was taken. You may have a liability case against the association for your damages. Often Condo buildings are built with residential rain gutters and they should have been built with larger commercial gutters.
Our association carries what is referred to as an HO-6 insurance policy. The owner is responsible for the deductible but it is only $500 and if they have insurance that covers contents their insurance can kick in for the deductible. The HO-6 covers pretty much everything except personal property. The associations documents also state that damage caused from outside water is the responsibility of the association.
I don't live in a condo so I cannot comment. However, I wanted to give my opinion regarding the manager's attitude in addressing this problem. The manager acts on the board's instructions; however, some manager's think they are the boss and will do as they please. I don't know how your board operates, but if the manager doesn't act as you think he/she should you should be dealing directly with the board.
In addition to reviewing your association bylaws get and read a copt of the Illinois State Condominium Act. Between those two documents you should be able to establish responsibility for damage repair responsibility to your water damage.
Had a similar problem and am in Illinois. The condo insurance covered all the damage - including my wood flooring. The association was responsible for the deductible required of the condo insurance. I paid nothing because none of it was caused by my individually owned portion; it was owned by the condo association. The responsibility falls on the responsible party.
I had notified the association months prior that the roof over my garage was leaking. They chose to ignore it. Once the big rains came my piano which was stored there was badly damaged. It is the associations responsibility to fix problems in a timely manner. They did not and were responsible for the damage.
I am responding to Leslie...a condo association does not carry the HO-6..that is the unit owner's coverage form. The association carries the master policy which is a commercial policy, and covers the exterior of the building to include roofs, gutters, downspouts, common elements. The HO-6 covers the unit from the studs in and the unit owner's personal property and personal liability.
I live in a condo building and since I have moved in (2009) I have been getting water damage during rain storms. I have documented each and every time it has occurred. I have repeatedly reported this to the front office/board. Initially they seemed helpful and explained that they were tuck-pointing my tier and the damage should be resolve after that. Well, in Oct. of 2010 another rain/snow storm revealed that the issue was not corrected. Again this past week, my unit was damaged in a storm, while attempting to correct the previous damage from last October. While the office continues to place blame on unit owners above me, my unit is still being damaged. I am convinced that this is a structural problem and the association is responsible. What is my best course of action at this point?
Jessica, I am going thru the exact problem in my building. Maybe the same building haha. I have already pulled an insurance claim on my unit because of severe mold problems of where the rain water was coming in. The assication said they fixed in repeatedly by sealing windows above my unit and it hasnt stopped leaking into my condo. It has gotten to the point where I have called an attorney to handle the situation. This is due to a bylaw stating I cannot go after another condo owner for damages in my unit which I know the association will try to blame it on. What I want out of them is to have a professional company come out and find where the water is coming in throughout the entire building. There are several unit owners who have my issue as well. It frustrating because I feel like I dont have a voice or not taken seriously.
The drywall within any condo unit is covered by the association. Since the damage is not a result of neglect or intentional damage by any one owner the association is responsible to cover the damages/costs/repairs.
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Damage caused by water is sometimes very severe. And if damaged property is insured prior then it is a right of the client to have the complete claim. And for those who don't insure their house and faced a water damage must call some professional plumber immediately so that the effect of the damage can be minimized.
HI all,my concern and big question to all is,I live in a complex of small 13 units.I have a bad board from not long ago, a guy who moved not long ago above me started construction with no permits, started taking his floors out wals etc, banging everyday like crazy, noises all around ok it was understandable.This building is 80 yr old, so wall didnt hold and cracked a lot because of my new neighbor,since he had no insurance I did but my insurance didnt pay anytihing because they said its association resposibility and neighbors, my assosiction said its not their problem and now whos right?i was left off with craks on my walls, craked ceiling all over my living room and kitchen.Please help.
Same issue in my building with two basement units and water damage. I know they've replaced their floors at least once after flooding. They never came to agreeance with the HOA on estimates for the damage so they've never gotten any money. Now they just refuse to pay HOA fees ever. Pretty riduculous situation and the HOA is preparing to lean their properties.
It seems like there should be some type of buyer beware in this siutation, especially with ground floor, below grade units. Did they not have an inspection? The floors had water damage when they moved in but they chose to ignore that and jump on the cheap price instead.
HELP sick from toxic dust in CONDO;
subfloor/slab foundation w/ ducts crumbling making us all very sick, dust everywhere & docs are saying & EPA this is so very toxic; WHO IS RESPONSIBLE for faulty bad concrete work; EXPERTS SAY FOUNDATION DUCT WORK SHOULD BE SEALED & NEW DUCTS INSTALLED; SUBFLOOR DUCT WORK BLOWS & WE ARE COVERED IN TOXIC DUST EVERYDAY IS THE ASSOCIATION RESPONSIBLE? MANY BUILDING WITH SAME ISSUES & WORSE, PLEASE HELP US!
I own a condo in ocean city New Jersey. The condo was damaged by sandy. The association did not sand bag our front doors because a resident stayed . A mandatory evacuation was ordered.The water came thru the common front door. The front door was also reported damaged before the storm. My insurance only covers half of our estimates. What can I do?
Unless you filed a formal complaint the first time, and therefore have proof that the HOA didn't do anything, you will probably have to pay for it. The drain
problem will need to have been on file before this incident.
What an interesting question. I have actually been wondering the same thing in regards to storm damage. Seems like it could be a little tricky.
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Sounds like they need to clean or replace their gutters. I would double check your bylaws and maybe local laws, but I think they should be responsible. You may want to get a contractor out to survey the damage and identify the cause of the problem in writing. If it turns out to be their responsibility make sure they cover your repairs and the cost of cleaning, fixing, and/or replacing the rain gutters and storm drains that are causing the problem. Good luck and I hope your home is repaired soon. http://www.mrgutternorva.com/Gutter-Repair-Burke-VA.html
Typically in a condo, you are responsible for the PAINT inward. If the drywall needs to be replaced, that's on the association. So if its just a minor water stain that just needs to be painted... that probably on you (although most condo associations would probably just paint it in this situation). If the water leak damaged furniture, carpet, etc... that's on you. For more Details about this topic EPDM Roofers
Water damage can be the biggest nightmare to a home owner in the world. I remember one time we had a plumbing problem, and our basement filled up with about 2 inches of water. It completely ruined our carpet, and caused thousands of dollars worth of other damage. I'm really glad we got that taken care of. http://www.servprosoutheastmonroecounty.com/water-damage-restoration
I had a sewer back up in my condo, The management co. is taking care of the floors,walls but what about my personal property? My insurance Co said they wouldn't pay because it was nothing I did the management co said they aren't resposible either what do I do now? I have about 20 thousand in personal property damaged. Any help...Brookfield,CT
I agree-- it sounds the gutter guards are the problem, and that's the HOA's responsibility. If they try to dodge payment, a lawyer can help you out. They really need to fix the gutters for the future, or this will keep happening. Best of luck to you.
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It's experiences like this that make this industry difficult. The fact that water damage happened again only 3 years later just makes it all the worse. I wish there was a way to just complete damage proof everything. The upside is when you can get insurance to cover it new floors always look nice.
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The provisions of the condominium bylaws and the dictates of the Il;linois State condominium actg will fgive you the answer. But there is a groqwing trend that unscrupulous posters are really simply generating advertisements for their companies. This trend if it continues will slowly destroy the value of these blogs.
It really depends on how the water damage was caused. If they go too long without cleaning their drains, and it ends up clogging and causing damage, then I think it should be the owner's responsibility. If there is a big storm, and the kitchen floods, then I think the association should pay for that. http://www.thedraindoctor.ca/draincleaning
It seems like a lot of these problems could be avoided with some simple maintenance. If the drains were cleaned and checked regularly, leaks like this would be caught before they could do such extensive damage. It just makes sense to keep up on it now.
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I think that the association should be responsible for putting up eavestroughs, and making sure that the rain gutters are cleaned and working properly. If they do their part, then the water damage shouldn't be their liability. It rains so much here, and it is so important to make sure the water is draining off of the roof, and down to a drain to prevent water damage. http://www.kelkurwest.ca/en/services.html
Water damage is a pain! I'm surprised by how much damage can happen. A tech will help revamp your items though.
I agree with Emily on this one, the association should make sure that the condo at least has rain gutters that work. They really prevent so many water problems, and help direct the water exactly where you want it. If they can't keep up with a simple repair like this, then they should be responsible for paying to repair the water damage. http://centuryraingutters.com/Repairing-your-raingutters.html
It should vary depending on each situation. If there's a sign of negligent care, then they're liable. If it's through the walls, there may be no way for them to prepare for it.
I just got a condo and as I was looking around in it I noticed there is a bit of water damage. I'd like to get that repaired before I move in. I don't know if I'm supposed to work on it myself or if they will repair it. http://ddrestoration.com/services.nxg
Roofs and rain gutters are usually the responsibility of the condo association or management company, not the unit owner. If you can show that the unit was flooded due to poor maintenance of the gutters and drains or that the drains were not properly installed, then the management company should not be able to argue. You may also want to find out when the last time the gutters were cleaned and make sure they are being cleaned at least 1-2 times per year. http://www.gut-r-dun.com/#!cleaning-and-maintenan/c24ib
If the hardwood flooring was damaged by a leak the HOA should have repaired, then the flooring is also their fault. How badly is the wood warped? Are you going to replace all of it? I don't think there are a lot of options when it comes to wood flooring. You have to fix it either way. If they won't pay for it, you might have to get a lawyer involved.
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I think the association should pay for the damages, but you should have probably notified them of the drain problem. A lot of damage could have been avoided it you had caught it earlier. I would just be careful for next time it happens. http://www.aceplumbingga.net