Management wrong to deflect pipe gripe
Question: I moved into my condo in May of 2007 and for the past two winters, the pipes leading to my shower have frozen, leaving me with no water.
There are signs of a moisture leak in the ceiling, indicating that water is coming from the ceiling above my unit. My management company tells me it is my problem.
Whose responsibility is it to repair the pipes and moisture leak?
— K.S. Answer: Generally, pipes are considered common elements and should be repaired by the condo. This is especially so if the pipes are freezing, since this means they were improperly installed and insulated by the builder.
Moisture from the ceiling is also not your problem since it comes from either another condo and the plumbing was poorly done.
There is also a health issue if mould starts to form in the walls or on the ceiling.
I would revisit the issue with the condo board or management company.
They may have to hire an engineer to determine the source of the problem. That report will add weight to your arguments.
Question: In May of 2008, I purchased my home from a builder and we hired a lawyer to handle the closing.
We still have not received any of the paper- work, such as copy of the deed or mortgage.
I called the lawyer’s assistant earlier this summer and she said she will send it out, but I still do not have it. Is this normal?
— S.M. Answer: The time between closing and receiving your paperwork is excessive.
Anywhere from 30 to 90 days is normal. More than a year is not.
Write the assistant a letter asking for your paperwork within 10 days. If that gets no response, then call the Law Society in your province and complain.
Problems with frozen pipes leading to a shower have an owner seeking advice.