Water damage issues.
October 22, 2012 10:26 AM Subscribe
Water damage due to an defective appliance. Unit is a townhouse, property management company won't file claim, saying it's my responsibility. Do I have any recourse?
posted by wongcorgi to Home & Garden (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The washer in my townhouse started overflowing because of a defective pressure switch. Leaked quite a bit until it was noticed. Immediately called out a company who handles water issues to perform cleanup/repair/replacement. The bill was around $2000.
The company says they normally just bill insurance. My property management company handles insurance claims, and they say it is my issue due to this clause:
"Each owner shall, at the Owner's sole expense, keep the interior of the Unit and its equipment, appliances, and appurtenances in a clean and sanitary condition, free of rodents and pests, and in good order, condition, and repair".
So the washer has been working 100% for 5 years, it is not at end of life. I consider this in good repair. I had it fixed the next day.
Does an accident like this mean that I need to pay out of my pocket? It seems like this situation is just what insurance is for.