Real Estate Law

Have Real Estate Law Questions? Ask a Real Estate Lawyer.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Real Estate Law
This answer was rated:

I have water damage in my utility room in my condo. The

I have water damage in...
I have water damage in my utility room in my condo. The furnace problem is the downstairs furnace vent pipe. The condo association says that the cost to fix the pipe leak and repair the water damage imy responsiblity because the pipes are part of the unit. "That's the law in Wisconsin"
JA: What steps have you taken so far? Have you prepared or filed any paperwork?
Customer: I filed a claim with my home owners insurance they said the problem was outside the unit walls. I had a contractor take out the furnace and hot water heat to remove the drywal to find the problem. No in short I have not filed any paper work.
JA: Have you talked to a WI lawyer about this?
Customer: Yes. They took the info but did not call me back as they said they would.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I am proceeding with repairs so I can get the furnace back up and running.
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Real Estate Law Question
Answered in 13 minutes by:
11/9/2017
Law Educator, Esq.
Category: Real Estate Law
Satisfied Customers: 120,232
Experience: Licensed attorney practicing landlord-tenant, land use and other real estate law and litigation.
Verified

Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking for educational purposes only.

That is not actually "the law in Wisconsin." The law in Wisconsin states it depends on what your condo documents state are common areas that are the liability of the association and what areas are the liability of the unit owners. So, you need to refer to the bylaws and covenants of your association. Also, if the pipe is not inside your unit, then it is up to the association to repair and you need to bring it back to the board and if they refuse to pay, then you need to consider suing the Association, since anything outside the walls of your unit are the problem of the association and they know that and are hoping you go away.

Please do not forget to leave positive feedback by clicking on the 5 stars at the top of your page, as the experts are not employees of the site and get no credit for spending time with customers unless they leave positive feedback. Thank you.

Law Educator, Esq.
Category: Real Estate Law
Satisfied Customers: 120,232
Experience: Licensed attorney practicing landlord-tenant, land use and other real estate law and litigation.
Verified
Law Educator, Esq. and 87 other Real Estate Law Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I will have to think how I want to proceed.

Thank you for your reply.

Yes, you need to weigh out the costs of repair against the cost of suing the association.

Ask Your Own Real Estate Law Question
Ask Law Educator, Esq. Your Own Question
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq., Lawyer
Category: Real Estate Law
Satisfied Customers: 120,232
120,232 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Licensed attorney practicing landlord-tenant, land use and other real estate law and litigation.

Law Educator, Esq. is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Tina

Tina

Lawyer

5,436 satisfied customers

17 years of legal experience including real estate law.

Barrister

Barrister

Lawyer

11,052 satisfied customers

17 years real estate, Realtor. Landlord 26 years

Infolawyer

Infolawyer

Lawyer

7,763 satisfied customers

Experienced lawyer

Ray

Ray

Lawyer

7,532 satisfied customers

Texas Attorney for 30 years dealing in real estate

LawTalk

LawTalk

Attorney

6,207 satisfied customers

I have 30 years legal experience. Additionally, in CA I held a Real Estate Broker's license.

Dimitry Esquire

Dimitry Esquire

Attorney

5,526 satisfied customers

JA Mentor, multiple jurisdictions, specialize in business/contract disputes, estate creation & admin

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

4,918 satisfied customers

Qualified attorney in private practice including business, family, criminal, and real estate issues.

< Previous | Next >

Related Real Estate Law Questions
As a cleaning contractor with a contract that expires Dec31
As a cleaning contractor with a contract that expires Dec31 2017.if my contract states that it will continue into 2018 if i am not given 30 days written notice can i take to lanour board if i am not g… read more
Lori H.
Lori H.
Juris Doctor
14 satisfied customers
Can a homeowners' association own land? If so can a
Can a homeowners' association own land? If so can a partnership that currently owns the land transfer it to the HOA? How is it accounted for on the partnership's books? Since the HOA is not a 501(c)(3… read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
6,465 satisfied customers
In condominium association all parts of building and stairs
In condominium association all parts of building and stairs exteriors (aesthetic and structural) have to be maintain by HOA or individual owners? … read more
LegalGems
LegalGems
Juris Doctorate
10,420 satisfied customers
My fiance has a signed contract with a contractor to redo
My fiance has a signed contract with a contractor to redo her bathroom. Halfway through the work, the contractor wants to increase the price because of some additional work he claims he had to do. My … read more
TaxAttorneytoHelp
TaxAttorneytoHelp
Owner
Doctoral Degree
2,542 satisfied customers
I live in garden villa service maintenance association and
I live in garden villa service maintenance association and our monthly dues pay for repairs and replacement of siding roofs and gutters. The maintenance is always ongoing and our monthly dues increase… read more
Attyadvisor
Attyadvisor
Doctoral Degree
6,996 satisfied customers
An association is foreclosing on a condo at an upcoming
An association is foreclosing on a condo at an upcoming advertised Sheriff Sale in MN. If I buy the lien on that condo, what happens to the 1st and 2nd mortgage? Do I have to pay that off before the 6… read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
6,465 satisfied customers
We own a condo in Hawaii and the Condo association has voted
Second opinion] We own a condo in Hawaii and the Condo association has voted that the exterior of a sunroom to be added must be one color. The local Community Association is now mandating that the ext… read more
WiseOwl58
WiseOwl58
JD Honors Graduate
3,629 satisfied customers
What are the requirements for a Condo Association to have a
What are the requirements for a Condo Association to have a Capital Reserve done by an outside agency. This is for the state of Ohio. Can the Board perform one on its own? … read more
WiseOwl58
WiseOwl58
JD Honors Graduate
3,629 satisfied customers
Contractor was grossly negligent in installing planters on a
Contractor was grossly negligent in installing planters on a condominium patio and not connecting the drains to the building draining system. This resulted in rain water collecting in the structure of… read more
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq.
Lawyer
120,232 satisfied customers
We will be filling out a Condo Association Application for
We will be filling out a Condo Association Application for Approval . They have to approve it or we can't purchase there. They conduct a background check. Two question are, Have you ever filed for ban… read more
Infolawyer
Infolawyer
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
7,763 satisfied customers
Can the treasury of our homeowners association invest some
Can the treasury of our homeowners association invest some of the money that the association has in CD'S or any other type of investment? … read more
socrateaser
socrateaser
1,031 satisfied customers
I live in and the community is in a homeowners association.
Good morning. I live in Virginia and the community is in a homeowners association. … read more
lucy7368
lucy7368
Juris Doctor
763 satisfied customers
Can I be sued for association fees if the subdivision
Can I be sued for association fees if the subdivision foreclosed? … read more
Infolawyer
Infolawyer
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
7,763 satisfied customers
A contractor was painting in my newly acquired condo. An
A contractor was painting in my newly acquired condo. An adjacent condo owner walked in and was attempting to gain info about my condo that he would use against me. He was a member of the HOA board bu… read more
LegalGems
LegalGems
Juris Doctorate
10,420 satisfied customers
I entered into a contract with a contractor to have an
I entered into a contract with a contractor to have an outdoor kitchen built. Three months have gone by and the contractor has answered only one or two emails -- just enough to give me an excuse. How … read more
Thomas Swartz
Thomas Swartz
Attorney
Juris Doctor
2,843 satisfied customers
A homeowner in our association, is requesting contact
A homeowner in our association, is requesting contact information for our board and all contact information for the rest of the homeowners in our association. This sounds illegal, is it? … read more
Barrister
Barrister
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
11,052 satisfied customers
Our condo association bylaws indicate the association own
Our condo association bylaws indicate the association own the sliding glass doors. How do you go about get getting the association to replace doors that are leaking? With Irma, our condo suffered dryw… read more
Infolawyer
Infolawyer
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
7,763 satisfied customers
What is the liability to a homeowners association for
What is the liability to a homeowners association for property that was dedicated to them? … read more
Infolawyer
Infolawyer
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
7,763 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x