Thanks for explaining all of that. Now I understand the situation. I do empathize with your situation.
The problem you face is the while the Association certainly has the obligation of maintenance
and repair of water pipes---and in this situation fire suppression pipes----in the association, they do not have blanket liability on the event of an act of God---which would be the bursting of a pipe due to weather conditions.
In order to hold the association liable for your losses you would have to show negligence on their part in the occurrence of the incident. If indeed it was just winter weather which contributed to the bursting of the pipe then the association would not be liable for the damages
. Likewise, even though the unit belonged to your landlord, presuming the landlord did nothing negligently to cause the pipe to burst, the landlord would not be liable either.
In instances like this, the court considers the incident to be an Act of God and not the specific fault of any particular person or entity. The only way to protect yourself from losses occasioned by Acts of God are to have insurance to provide the coverage that you want. In this case, you would have needed renters insurance---and even renters insurance would not have paid for you to stay in a hotel for months.
Because of the damage to the condo, you had the right to terminate your lease with your landlord and find a new place to live.
I understand that you may be disappointed by the Answer you received, as it was not particularly favorable to your situation. Had I been able to provide an Answer which might have given you a successful legal outcome, it would have been my pleasure to do so.
If you have additional questions, you may of course reply back to me and I will be happy to continue to assist you further until your questions have been answered to your satisfaction.
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