B.M. from Delaware County, Pennsylvania writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
Who’s responsible for condos sagging floor and more?
Mister Condo replies:
B.M., that is a great question! Back in 2014, I was asked a similar question; check out my answer here: https://askmistercondo.com/whose-responsibility-is-condos-sagging-floors-and-more/. My answer hasn’t changed much since then. You will need to review the condo docs to see who owns what and who is responsible for what. Unit owners typically own what is inside the unit. That might or night not include the floors. If the association owns the floors and the superstructure and it is failing, the association might just be on the hook for the repair. However, wear and tear will take a toll on any structure. It is a fine line between “perfect” and “functional”. If the floor or structure has not failed, there may not be much for anyone to do. If you need a legal answer to your question, you will need to consult with an attorney. Keep in mind that even if the repair is deemed to be an association responsibility, the homeowners will ultimately have to pay for it, either out of Reserve Funds or via Special Assessment, increased common fees or an HOA loan. I hope you and your association get a handle on the repair. All the best!