Condo Association Radon Mitigation


R.F. from Litchfield County writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

Who’s responsible to pay for radon mitigation? Association or Condo Owner?

Mister Condo replies:

R.F., I am sorry you have a radon problem in your condo and that it is unclear who should pay for that mitigation. As with most items that require additional clarity, you should first look to your declaration and governing documents to see if there is any mention of radon detection and mitigation. My guess is that you won’t find anything but it doesn’t hurt to check. The next item to consider is where is the radon found and is the association responsible? My guess is that the radon is found in the air inside of your unit. For the most part, that would make the mitigation of such radon the unit owner’s responsibility. An exception might be if the radon were found in a common area like a storage area or crawlspace, in which case the expense for mitigation may fall upon the association. So if the radon is found in your basement and the basement is part of your unit, the mitigation expense is likely yours as well. Hope that helps!

4 thoughts on “Condo Association Radon Mitigation

  1. You made an “assumption” that IF you find a condo unit with radon in the air…..then you state that the homeowner is most likely responsible to address it! But that is a “strawman” argument. Doesn’t the HOA replace the “roofing” in condo complex because its a “common area” element? If you have a LEAK in the roof, who would pay to correct it? It would be the Home Owners Association”!

    So radon gas emanates up into a unit from the OUTSIDE. If residents are responsible for everything INSIDE their walls and radon comes from the outside from the ground through cracks, around plumbing piping entrances, cinder block walls and wall cavities, you are basically standing at the front door and yelling “Hey all you Radon particles”, come in HERE!

    1. I am going to have an issue of this nature. The Radon is emanating from the ground under the unit, which seems to be a common element. I will ask the Association to mitigate.

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