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Condo association only covers partial cost for exterior door replacements

Who is responsible for payment of replacement doors when the county building department requires the condo association to repair a structure? I have a situation where, in St. Johns County, Florida, inspectors have been assigned to inspect existing structures for code violations or unsafe structures.


Who pays for plumbing repairs - HOA or owner?

I wanted to replace my water heater.  The company I hired tried shutting the main gate valve outcome I ended up with NO water in my condo.  He came back today.  However my building president showed him where the main water valve outside was which is a stacked one for 4 floors in my building.  Due to age the water could not completely shut off.  

Top 8 things your HOA should cover

HOAs and owners are like the government and its tax-paying citizens.  What does an HOA cover? There are certain things owners should be responsible and there are other things that the HOA should be responsible for.  Here are the top 8 things an HOA should cover:


Can we renovate our condo unit with notifying the association?

If your husband is a contractor and wants to remodel the kitchen and put in high hats and remove a non-bearing wall do I need any permission from the association to do renovations and repairs and if so and I don't give them it what can they do legally?

Does HOA need to repair balconies?

Eight units are all town houses with four units in a building. Building A has No Balconies.  Building B has four Balconies on the top floor coming out of the top bedroom. Who is responsible for the repair or replacement of the balconies?



Vibrations in the floors of condo unit causing problems

I have an issue with floors next door to my unit that cause vibrations in my unit. I have complained for almost three years to the HOA and Management. Finally, a month ago, the HOA asked the landlord of the other unit to have her floors checked. She brought in a contractor, who only went to the unit causing the vibrations and stepped hard on the floor and told me he didn't hear anything. I know it is the floors and what is causing it, but no one believes me. The HOA says they can't afford a structural engineer to check out the problem. They are saying I should pay for it. I believe they may not want to do this do to the age of the building, 45 years, and what will be found, as it would be too costly to repair, probably causing an assessment. I have lived her 35 years and put a lot of equity into my unit, so my retirement would not be too costly. Now the vibrations are so bad at times, when sitting on my sofa, it feel like a vibrator was turned on. Embarrassing when company or family are visiting. I am considering a letter from an attorney, requesting they hire a structural engineers who will do a thorough investigation and submit a report to all involved. If they deny doing this, any solutions recommended?

Association's deductible to high to cover condo unit damage

I own and live in my condo which is on the top floor. At sometime, the roof leaked damaging my ceiling. My insurance, Liberty Mutual, said the HOA will not pay for the damage as their deductible is $10,000, and the repair is costing $500. My deductible is $1000, so that means it must come out of my pocket. Doesn't seem fair that the damage was caused by the responsibility of the HOA. Has anyone had experience with this? Is there anyway to fight for them to repair?

Condo buildings: Are interior walls between units common property?

During hardwood floor installation, we discovered a problem with cold air seeping into the drywall resulting is icy cold hardwood floors. Additionally cold air is coming into bedroom through the electric covers. While there may be problems with exterior wall (cracks, etc.), I am trying to understand who technically owns the insulation/space between exterior wall and drywall. I can’t get a simple answer from my management board. They say its dependent on the structural engineers findings. I agree with that if they found cracks etc. Let’s assume the report comes back with no findings of cracks, then who is responsible to rip drywall and install better insulation?

Is HOA responsible for sewage overflow between units?

I own the street front apartment (# 1) of a 4-unit HOA in Santa Monica, CA. Recently my (Apt # 2) neighbor's toilet backed up and the plumber did not clear the sewage line back from Apt # 2 to the alley, instead the plumber erroneously ran the snake toward the street and dislodged a cap to my new sink in a new kitchen cabinet. (My apartment is being renovated.).

Since I live out of town, the overflow sewage into my new kitchen sink and new kitchen cabinet was not discovered until several days later, when my Apt # 2 neighbor's sewage backed up again. Then the sewage overflow into my kitchen was discovered and I was notified.

I called a sewage mitigation company and requested clean-up and decontamination, which was done the next day.

Is the HOA responsible for this bill? I haven't read the bylaws, but previous plumbing work (e.g., recirculating copper for heater hot water) and rain damage repairs have been paid by the HOA.

Co-op owner experiencing moisture in their floors

Co-op has installed an air conditioning / heating directly underneath my apartment and it is creating slugs of water under my floors which is affecting my health and sleep. It sounds like some sort of a pump. My complaint was dismissed by management and board and its not loud enough for city agencies to issue violation. Any advice as what can be done - some sort of circulation issue?  Floors are warm but only when bare feet walking on floor. What type of expert can I get to to resolve?


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