What to do about our HOA and a faulty sewer line?

Our condo complex has a main line sewer access hole in our garage. Recently the hole did not have a cover and raw sewage flooded the garage. We immediately called the HOA who sent a plummer who “snaked the main line” but did not cover the hole or clean the mess. We again contacted the HOA and requested professional cleaning and a cover for the hole. They sent someone who washed down the garage but it was in no way throughouly clean. Then 2 weeks later we returned from our weekend away to discover another flood coming from the sewer hole; we took a video and called the HOA. Should we get the health dept involved or should we consider getting a lawyer aren’t their laws against exposing residents to raw sewage?

Asked on September 18, 2012 under Real Estate Law, California

Answers:

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If your HOA is not adequately addressing the raw sewage situation which seems to be the case from your question, then the best option for you is to contact your local health department and seek an inspection of the source of the raw sewage. This will cost less for you in the long run than hiring an attorney and will most likely get the problem resolved sooner.

I do suggest that you consult with an attorney that practices in the area of planned unit developments to assist you further in the matter.


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