Moebius Stripper (isomorphisms) wrote,
Moebius Stripper

Very much not what I feel like dealing with at the moment

Purely hypothetical question, natch:

When one's bathroom ceiling starts leaking in one's condominium - 2nd floor of a 3-storey building, and directly underneath another bathroom - who is liable?

ETA: dude from downstairs came up half an hour ago to ask WTF was going on in my bathroom, since his bathroom ceiling is leaking. We suspect a burst pipe.

ETA2: Emergency night manager dude told me to talk to the insufferable upstairs neighbour and report back. Since the insufferable upstairs neighbour is the one who threatened me a year ago (long story; he didn't have a case, but righteous indignation can be a powerful thing), I wasn't too keen on this idea, so I went to visit downstairs neighbour to see if he could be pursuaded. Serendipitously ran into building manager in the process; she is looking into things, and offered to talk to upstairs neighbour. Wheee!

ETA3: The problem is in the insufferable upstairs neighbour's apartment. The plumber is on his way and will be here in around an hour, ie, at one in the morning; building manager assures me that this will not result in all of us being evacuated from our homes, and liability lies with the building, not with me. Huzzah! I will have to grant the plumber access so that he can poke around and take some notes that will go to the building restoration folks, not because he actually needs access to my unit in order to fix the problem. Fortunately I don't have to be at work tomorrow.
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Ugh. No fun at all. You have all my sympathies. I was in a similar mess recently, but as a renter, the liability issues are straightforward.
Building folks just came by - they'll be doing some work today, and then later in the week. The important things are: 1) I can still live here, and 2) I don't have to pay anything. Less awesome: I will have a ginormous and heat-producing dehumidifier in the bathroom while this is all going on, and we're in the middle of a heat wave. Usually my place is not terribly hot, but that will likely change with this new development.

The plumber didn't end up coming last night. Pain in the ass, that; I stayed up until 1:30 for nothing.
And now, there is a huge white noise maker in the form of a dehumidifier unit. Upstairs neighbour has one too; presumably it is equally loud. Fiddle time!
excellent that you won't have to pay for anything. When Ka Lun's condo sink overflowed because the pipes were clogged from people upstair letting stuff go down the drain (he was second floor) the condo corp wouldn't pay to redo his laminate flooring. The condo was definitely liable, but it wasn't worth the money to fight them.
Ugh, that sucks. Fortunately we caught the leak as it was happening, and the folks who came by today said that there wasn't much damage - the floors are ok, or at least no worse than they were before. (The last owner seemed to paste a bunch of tiles on top of some old, garish 70's floor, and I have not felt the need to replace them.)
Wow, that sounds unpleasant. Glad you aren't liable.