A couple who just moved into the condo beneath me persist in renovations that may compromise the structural
integrity of our building. What recourse do I have?
I am on the HOA
board at this complex and am aware of all of our correspondence with this couple. They claim they never received the CC&R's I know we gave them. Those rules made it clear their plans
are not permissible.
In the two months the couple have lived here, the HOA board has already issued them a cease and desist order to prohibit them from the work they wanted to do.
A short time ago this evening, the walls in my unit started rattling and a loud noise came from their unit. This is a two-story complex and my unit is directly above theirs.
When I went downstairs to see what made that noise, they opened the door and I could see their son had taken down all of the dry wall on a partition in their unit that I am pretty sure is a load-bearing wall. They had torn it down to the studs.
I told them they were disturbing the peace and commented I noticed they had taken down a wall. They claim they submitted to the board the necessary paperwork to do that. When I replied I am in the board and know they have not done so, they apologized and agreed to stop right away. However it was clear they had been working on this for some time.
Everyone on the board is a working professional and this couple could well be retirees. Who knows what they do when all of us are at work.
I respect these neighbors
' right to do as they please in their new home, provided they have checked with a contractor
that their plans will not put the building and other residents at risk and document that with the specified paperwork.
They have not done so and are flagrantly continuing to do work that could damage this building, endanger our fellow residents and at the least, disturb our fellow residents.
What can I, or we as an HOA board do?