Condominium Damage Neighbor Issues

Condo Unit Owner Removes Load Bearing Wall; Disaster Ensues

N.G. from outside of Connecticut writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

I have a condo on the fourth floor. An owner of a unit below moved a load bearing wall and now I have cracks on my walls and my floor sags. Who’s responsible; the owner that did the work or the association?

Mister Condo replies:

N.G., Yikes! I always shake my head in disbelief when I hear these stories. A unit owner took it upon themselves to move a load bearing wall and caused great damage. You are lucky that the building didn’t collapse. I hope that you can have your unit repaired to the way it was before this unit owner caused all this problem. The unit owner who modified the building is at fault here and should repair the wall and your unit and any other damage to neighboring units. If the association granted permission for the unit owner to do the work (unlikely) they may bear some of the burden to repair units and/or common areas. There is a reason for architectural compliance and approval before unit owners take on the kind of project your neighbor did. Your example is a worst-case scenario of what can happen when they don’t do it right. Good luck!

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