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Old 01-06-2010, 10:53 PM
 
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I was concerned about what DeKalb County inspectors might do because of AtlDad's comment, and what a friend of a friend told me about what happened in her condo community. In this person's community, the local government agency prohibited people from being on their decks because an engineering company found them unsafe due to rotting from long term water damage. Her condo association decided to sue their builder for negligence and fraud, and that process started two years ago! In the meantime, they had to levy an assessment of $150 per month to begin repairs, and the builder is trying to work with the owners in repairing the balconies and keep the whole thing out of court.

The leaking into units below in my community might be the tip of the iceberg. If the builder did not add flashing, the engineer who has already looked at one balcony here may be correct in his assessment that many balconies may already be experiencing water penetration that could be affecting the wood under the concrete.

Based on the initial engineer's report, our HOA property manager proposed that we levy a special assessment that would almost double our monthly dues for the next several years, in order to completely replace every balcony. As you can imagine, most people aren't too happy with that, especially since there are only a few units with problems right now.

The builder of our condos is still in business. People in our community with (limited) legal knowledge seem to agree that taking the builder to court would be, like you said, "a costly and time-consuming effort." And with a community that has no spare cash to hire lawyers for a class-action lawsuit, right now I'd say we're stuck real good in between a rock and a hard place.
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Old 01-17-2010, 05:40 PM
 
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As others have indicated, I hightly doubt the county will want to be involved or would actually do anything unless it is a life/safety concern. While they could, in theory, do something, water leaking is not one of thoes things. I apologize if I sounded too bleak.
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