Are issues w/ original wiring in a condo the responsibility of the individual owner or the condo association?

Asked by Betsy, Renton, WA Fri Oct 31, 2008

Does it vary by complex or is there a standard rule? A contractor doing some unrelated maintenance said the wiring was all done wrong when they built these units.

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Mark Despain, Agent, Seattle, WA
Fri Oct 31, 2008
I concur with Steve McDonald's comments. It is likely that it is an association issue but cannot be definitively answered here.
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Fri Oct 31, 2008
You need to read teh condo documents. most condos the owner owns from the studs in so that would include the wiring unless it is wiring in a common area. check with the management company for the condo association. good luck
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Kary Krismer, Agent, Renton, WA
Fri Oct 31, 2008
It would depend on the condo declaration and the definition of common area. It could possibly vary by the age of the condo.
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Steve McDona…, Agent, Seattle, WA
Fri Oct 31, 2008
Betsy,
Is it ever a black & white answer? Generally, structural element especially those enclosed by walls and other finished surfaces typically fall into the responsibility of the HOA. Things may differ from common practice when you start to consider condos that include stand alone buildings or unusual classifications like 'air condos'. Some things might even be dictated by the local laws governing these types of arrangements. There may also be some precedences set by the HOA that address when homeowners cause the problem such as plumbing problems or ignoring a maintenance issue. The best advice I can give is suggesting you review the condo documents provided when you acquired the property or receive as part of the title or resale certificate documents should you currently be in the buying process. You may also want to consult a lawyer who can provide an opinion on your exact question. Good luck.
Steve
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