What are my rights regarding a possible leak in my unit the is causing mold in a neighbor’s unit?

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What are my rights regarding a possible leak in my unit the is causing mold in a neighbor’s unit?

Yesterday my neighbor, who is also the condo association manager, told me that he had mold on all along a wall in his unit that abuts with my bathroom. He had to replace the entire wallboard. He claimed the mold came from a leaky pipe in my unit. I don’t want to rip my vanity out to see what’s behind there. I only bought the condo a year ago and got a full home inspection that said no mold was present. This could of happened before I bought the unit. He said the association doesn’t have to deal with it because it came directly from my unit but has no proof that it indeed does. What are my rights?

Asked on October 17, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

What you need to do is consult with a licensed contractor to inspect your unit as well as the unit next door in order to ascertain any source of water intrusion between the two units. If there is a possible source of water intrusion, the wall or walls where the water is coming from will need to be opened up.

Based upon what is possibily revealed in the suggested inspection by a third party professional you will have additional knowledge how to proceed with any problem if any concerning possible water intrusion. The suggested inspection will also assist in ascertaining if there is a water intrusion problem, how long the problem has been in place.

Good luck.

 


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