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I own a second floor unit in a condo building. Recently the drain pipe leading up to my Unit cracked (made of lead) and leaked into my neighbors unit below. The pipe is located in the walls/floor between the two units. It’s in my floor and his ceiling below. The lead Pipe needed to be replaced with a PVC pipe. The property management company is saying its my responsibility saying that because the drain pipe is going to my unit after branching off from the main sewer drain. However everyone else is telling me that It’s a common area and the association should pay for the repair to the pipe. I’ve called my insurance company and they say that it is absolutely not my responsibility since it was a pipe in the wall.
The funny thing is I’m on the board. I have always assumed that the Unit owners are responsible for any plumbing inside the unit and that anything in the walls that’s the responsibility of the association. I also can’t see how I was negligible with this if it’s a pipe that I cannot see nor gain access to. I’m about to tell the management company that I’m not paying for this and plan on bringing it up at the next meeting.
I’d like to hear some thoughts on this if you have a little time. Thank you all in advance!