Getting Soaked Over Condo Water Meter

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P.G. from New Haven County writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

Our condo is 3 years old. The outside water meter is not working. HOA is saying we have to replace the meter. We feel that it is not our responsibility to replace. Please advise.

Mister Condo replies:

P.G., unless the water meter is still under some type of warranty you and your fellow unit owners may be on the hook for the repair. I am curious as to who actually owns the meter. If it is property of your local water company, they may be more than happy to pay for it. How else would they know how much to bill your association for water usage? If you are talking about individual water usage meters for each of the units or buildings then the meter may be your responsibility. Your condo documents very likely spell out who is responsible for limited common elements and/or individually owned items like utilities. All the best!

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