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I live in a small, 16 unit association that is self managed.

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I live in a small, 16 unit association that is self managed. All buildings are 2 units, 1 ground floor unit ( mine ) and an upstairs unit. The upstairs unit was in foreclosure and also had renters for a short time. The building had sewer backups on five different occasions and I had to call a plumber. The association president was not interested in hearing the problems.
I finally had to have a camera inspection and they found a cracked sewer pipe with roots growing into the pipe.All of the plumber visits and the camera inspection.resulted in $977.00 out of pocket expense for me. Can I expect the association to reimburse me for my expenses as well as pay for the sewer pipe repair?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  Loren replied 1 year ago.

Good evening. I am Loren, a Florida licensed attorney, and I look forward to assisting you.

Yes, typically, the sewers and pipes are common elements which are maintained by the association.

Check the bylaws and declaration to confirm that the association has maintenance and repair obligations for sewer pipes. Then demand reimbursement and that they repair the damage to the pipes.

Expert:  Loren replied 1 year ago.

If they refuse you would have to sue the association for breaching the covenants and bylaws.

Expert:  Loren replied 1 year ago.

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