The issue of paying for repairs and restoration after leaks in condos can be confusing and overwhelming for many, as Betty Sung recently found out.
Sung was left with an open ceiling for three months after a pinhole leak from common pipes caused damage to her Broadmoor condo in Richmond, British Columbia.
Sung told The Richmond News she was surprised when the strata charged her around $3,000 for the initial crew’s fees. Although, the strata paid for the cost of replacing the piping. The strata council claimed Sung was responsible for repairing items within her strata lot, per the Strata Property Act.
However, the executive director of the Condominium Home Owners Association of BC, Tony Gioventu, confirms that repairing the hot and cold domestic water system in a condo building, including the pipes in the walls between units, is the responsibility of the strata corporation. This also applies to repairing the hole in the ceiling created while repairing the common property pipes.
If the strata corporation fails to pay for the necessary repairs, Sung can file a claim with BC’s Civil Resolution Tribunal. However, the responsibility for the $3,000 invoice from the initial emergency crew’s work falls under Sung’s insurance, according to Gioventu.
At Eddy Solutions, we believe that prevention is critical. Our intelligent water monitoring technology can detect leaks and prevent water damage in real-time, saving time and money on repairs while giving peace of mind to homeowners and strata corporations alike.
To read the full article from Richmond News, click here.