Laguna Hills, CA asked in Real Estate Law for California

Q: Hi, I live in a condo. Last year I experienced a number of issues from water damage (leaking pipes) from my neighbors.

Multiple leaks were discovered, from multiple neighbors. Is each neighbor legally liable to reimburse me for the damage to my home, if the leak is determined to be exclusively their pipe (drain pipe), even though it runs through a shared/fire wall?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Yes, and sometimes the HOA is also responsible, for instance , if there were a fire sprinkler leak that damaged the wall. The real danger with these leaks is that the moisture becomes a place for mold to take hold, in a hidden area behind your wall, and the mold remediation could be very expensive. You should put in a claim with your HOA in addition to the neighbors.

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