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Apartment Water Damaged Caused By Condo Building Maintenance

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Apartment Water Damaged Caused By Condo Building Maintenance

My mom's condo building had some pluming issues (issue did not originate from her unit) and the building contracted out a maintenance company to repair the problem. While this contractor company was working on the mainlines, the sewer started backing up and into the apartment unit. She was away for an extended period at the time so the condo manager entered her premise and took photos of the damage, which of course they have now lost.

It's been months and the condo refuses to pay for any damages or remediation costs. Their stance is contact your own insurance company to deal with it or sue the contractor.

The apartment insurance does not cover this kind of damage so we are stuck with the bill. Contacting the building management falls on deaf ear. Not really sure how to go after the contractor or if it is even right for the tenant to go after them since they have no contractual agreement with the tenants, it was hired by the building management.

What's the best course of action? It is obvious to us the condo management should be paying for the damage and they can go after their own contractor. How do we put pressure on them and what leverage do we have?
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See condo board of directors
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What kind of "apartment" insurance did she have? Tenant insurance or condo insurance? Seems that he insurance should have covered it, and if they need to pursue other with a third party, they could. But if she only had tenant insurance...

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The apartment insurance does not cover water damage from sewer backup.

How do you get information on the condo board of directors? They building manager we've been dealing with pretty much just ignore all requests from us for information.
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Can anyone offer more suggestion to my question above this post? Or maybe suggest another board that I can go to for more advice?
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Better call Saul. Speak to a lawyer.
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Think of the Childre…
Condo Board of Directors are basically people who resides in the condo who are elected to run. Usually they'll send out notices. Just as the concierge if they know BoD contact info.

WOULD SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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zimmerDN wrote: Can anyone offer more suggestion to my question above this post? Or maybe suggest another board that I can go to for more advice?
legal threat usually gets the ball rolling.

Ask the management for the contact of the contractor.
Ask the management for their personal info
Then tell them you are suing 1) the contractor 2) the condo boards 3) the managers personally for negligence in hiring qualified contractor and failure to remediation.
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Stop wasting your time and just go see a lawyer
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+1 for lawyer. There are some that specialize in condo issues.
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