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MASSACHUSETTS

Whose Pipe is it Anyway?

Here's What Happens When a Pipe Leaks
[by John Shaffer, Esq., and Haley Byron, Esq.]

We have probably all experienced it-the dreaded water stain
spreading its tentacles across the living room ceiling. If the leak occurs in
your single-family house, well, there
is no question about who is going to
pay for the repairs-it will be you.
In the context of a condominium,
however, it is not nearly that simple.
A plumbing leak in a multi-unit
condominium building can escalate
quickly from a source of annoyance
to a serious (and sometimes legal)
dispute between owners of different
units, between the condominium association and the unit responsible for

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the leak, and between the association
and unit owners affected by the leak,
and sometimes all three at once.
A typical scenario would begin
with a telephone call from a unit
owner to the property manager
complaining that water is staining
the ceiling of her unit and claiming
that her plumber says the leak is
from a pipe that leads to the upstairs
neighbor's unit. The unit owner
demands that the board fix the leak
and restore the ceiling and any other
aspects of her unit that have been
damaged by the water intrusion. The
condominium association, naturally

interested in deflecting responsibility for the leak and associated damage, quickly adopts the unit owner's
diagnosis of the leak's origin and
directs the owner of the neighboring
unit to repair the leaking pipe and
to correct any damage flowing from
the water leak, including damage to
other units and common areas, at
the offending unit owner's expense.
The owner of the unit blamed for
the plumbing leak refuses to accept
responsibility and the plumbing leak
keeps leaking while the damage to
adjacent units and common areas
keeps growing.



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