I just closed on my first rental condo last month. I purchased a unit with tenants already in the unit and they just payed me my first rent check. However, today I get a call from the HOA saying that my unit is leaking to the unit downstairs. I already have a plumber on the way to check my unit and fix the leak however the downstairs unit owner is saying that I am liable for all the damages to his unit, there are some cracks in his roof and stains on the roof that look like they are from water. I am not sure how to proceed who is responsible should I get my insurance involved?
I feel it’s possible that this could be due to pipes in the building or roofing but the unit owner is saying I need to pay to repair his unit. Any advice or guidance on how to proceed would be much appreciated thank you.
Depending on how your HOA is set up. I have had that happen to me in my situation the owner of the unit (wall to wall) is responsible. They should notice a leak quick anyway. The HOA should be responsible for common pipes and damage if not fixed quick enough.
Find out where the problem is. If it is inside your unit (eg drain under the sink), it is probably your insurance; if it is in the walls....condo association should pay.
@Theresa Harris thank you I think my next best course of action will be to hire a plumber to inspect all my pipes and identify exactly where the leak is coming from