M.O. from New Haven County writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
A sprinkler pipe burst in my unit and the association has hired a contractor to handle the repairs. After they have fixed everything, do I need to hire an inspector to ensure everything is up to code?
Mister Condo replies:
M.O., that is a great question! You certainly do not NEED to hire an inspector as the responsibility of the repair is clearly upon the association. Any faulty work performed by the hired contractor would be the contractor’s responsibility during the warranty period for the work. After that time, the association would take responsibility as they have now when they agreed to have the sprinkler pipe repaired. Any contractor hired by the association should have a current license and insurance. I would think it unlikely that any contractor would perform repair work that wasn’t up to current building code. Of course, if you suspect poor workmanship, you may wish to get a second opinion.
As for repairs to items within your condo unit, I assume you mean things like electrical circuits, lighting fixtures, and such. You may wish to get an outside opinion on the job for your peace of mind and to be certain that you don’t have lingering issues, in particular mold. Mold won’t necessarily appear right away but if you took water into walls or ceilings it may rear its ugly head in the future and you would want to protect yourself now by making sure that the remediation to your unit includes keeping it dry and mold-free.
All that being said, if you are satisfied with the work that was done in your unit, you might just want to leave well enough alone. Most times, contractors do fine work and you are left unharmed and your unit fully repaired. If you think shoddy work was done or the repairs weren’t up to code, you certainly have a right to have the work inspected – at your expense, of course. If you find defects or work not done to code, you should notify your Board and let them take action against the contractor. Remember that the Board hired the contractor, not you. Even though the work was done in your unit it was done so at the request and payment of the Board. You will need to work with the Board to make any corrections that may be needed. Hopefully, you won’t need to. All the best!