Condo damage from roof leaks--who's responsible for repairs?
This is not a repairs question per se, as I am pretty sure what needs to be done. Just thought I'd check to see if any of you have been in this situation, as we are getting the run-around from our property manager. We recently bought a condo that got a good inspection. Soon after purchase, though, while ripping out shelves in the basement and old carpet in the master bedroom, we discovered tons of mold, mushrooms, and rot from both new and old basement and roof leaks. (Both hidden by furniture and carpet during inspection.) The leaks were caused by the association failing to properly maintain the exterior. We do not have it in our budget to make these costly repairs on our own, so we are seeking recompense from those responsible. In our experience, the association should chip in--but this one claims condo associations are not responsible for anything in the interior, despite damage being caused by their negligence in exterior maintenance. So do any of you know, who's responsible for cost of repairs in this case: association, previous owner, or current owner? We want to avoid law suits if possible, but will go that route if we can find the $$ to engage a lawyer--the mold is making us sick and we are having to sleep in the office downstairs since our bedroom is unlivable!