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I own a condo unit. My renter reported an electrical shock…

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I own a condo unit. My renter reported an electrical shock when showering and touching the water supply valve. New occurrence and no work done in my unit. Immediately I reported this to the property management co. They hired an electrician who came out and found no problem however my renter could conclusively demonstrate an electrical charge was present. I hired an electrical engineer who came out and verified the problem and ascertained that the issue originated outside of my unit. 2 months later and the property management co has not yet hired anyone to diagnose and fix the issue. What recourse do I have ?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?

Seattle WA

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With whom

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Real Estate Lawyer: Barrister, Lawyer replied 4 months ago
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Hello and welcome! My name is ***** ***** I am a licensed attorney and will try my best to help with your situation. There may be a slight delay in my responses as I type out an answer or reply.

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Have you been able to duplicate and document the electrical shock issue repeatedly?

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Have you put in any request for the Association to take action in writing sent to the President or Board certified mail?

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What does the engineer opine is the source of the problem?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
My communication has been with the representative from the property management company to the board and has been through email.
Yes the problem is easily verifiable with a volt meter.
The electrical engineering firm I hired found the charge to the water pipes occurred outside of my unit, somewhere else in the building that is undetermined.
He believed a bond (ground) has failed on one of the buildings water supply lines. His report was sent to the property management firm who acknowledged receipt
Real Estate Lawyer: Barrister, Lawyer replied 4 months ago

Ok, emails aren't good enough to create a legal paper trail. You need to send a written demand via certified mail to whoever is in charge stating that this poses a safety hazard and if they don't take immediate action to correct the problem, you will file suit under a breach of contract action and seek an injunction from a judge ordering them to abate the dangerous condition as well as seeking damages for your legal costs in pursuing this..

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Once they get that letter, that should spur them to action to find and fix the problem as there are only a few areas where a ground could have been dislodged or damaged in an electrical system.

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thanks

Barrister

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you
Real Estate Lawyer: Barrister, Lawyer replied 4 months ago

You are very welcome. Happy to help any time.

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Real Estate Lawyer: Barrister, Lawyer replied 4 months ago

Hello again,

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I just wanted to touch base with you and check in.

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Did you have any further questions I can help with?

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Thanks much

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