Crestline, CA asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Environmental for California

Q: I have condo in Long Beach that has sustained months of water damage. Asbestos was found in walls and is now abated.

This has left over half of the condo without walls, closets, cabinets and drawers in bath, kitchen and some floor covering is missing. The leaks are fixed.

Problem: My HOA and the property management company have delayed beyond a reasonable time to get repairs completed. We are now entering the 4th month of this. My condo is basically gutted. Cockroaches have gained entry to my home due the open walls (read: no interior walls).

What I would like is advice on where I can go to obtain the "heft" of an outside agency (beyond my HOA) that may be able to expedite needed reconstruction/repairs to my condo.

1 Lawyer Answer
Adam Stoddard
Adam Stoddard
  • Santa Clara, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: That's unfortunate news about your condo. I would suggst to first review the CC&R's to see whether or not you can even make repairs without having the oversight from the HOA. I have a condo myself used as a rental property, and I know the CC&R's dictate that the HOA has to approve any interior repairs beyond simple paint and baseboards and the like.

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