Condominium Damage

Defect in Floor of Lanais Found and Fixed Leaving HOA Owner with Tile Replacement Expense

S.B. from Collier County, Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, While painting our condo, flaws were found in some areas of building, including the floors of the lanais. Engineer asked that certain areas be cut/chipped away to allow inspection. Concrete was removed from approx. 10” x 6’ of my lanai, along with cutting and removal of my lanai floor tiles. Concrete was reinstalled but management company says that I’m am responsible for the reinstallation of floor…

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Condo Owners Question Special Assessment When Reserve Fund is Available

K.L. from Outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Should repairs be paid for from reserves or special assessment? Our 30-unit condo is looking at a $200,000 bill to replace and reroute utility lines that apparently weren’t properly installed when the complex was built in the early 2000’s. We have a little over $400,000 in reserves. We have a board member who is pretty adamant that we do a special assessment to fund the repairs, while…

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Unlevel Balcony Rail Angers Condo Owner

R.M. from Outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, In September, my balcony railing was replaced. I have been paying for the railing for the past 3 years with 2 more years to go. My problem is that the railing was not installed properly. I put a level on it, and the railing is not level at all. Plus, numerous balcony tiles were broken. I have tried dealing with the management company, even sending them…

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Elevator Shaft Access Room Water Leak Floods Condo Below

A.F. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo is a 9th floor penthouse. A small room above it had a water leak. This room is for the top of the elevator shaft access. The pipe burst sending water into my bedroom from the hallway outside my unit. The condo manager tells me to file a claim with my homeowner insurance company, as they won’t pay for the damage. My homeowner insurance company…

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