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Old 10-15-2010, 10:41 AM
 
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I life in a duplex community that doesn't have any type of HOA. This can be a blessing and a curse.

Right now it's a curse, my neighbor is a renter and have general apathy towards keeping the place maintained. Yesterday they had their basement flood because the drain to the dugout stairs leading into the basement was clogged with leaves. So far I've had 0 water in my basement, I keep the drain clear and regularly clean out the leaves.

My question is do I have any recourse for holding the other property owner liable for damage to my property because they don't properly maintain theirs?

Their basement flooding regularly would eventually effect mine, which got a nice musty smell after theirs flooded. We only have a cinderblock party wall which can only hold out a certain level of moisture.

We also had a tree limb fall on the shared chimney which caused some roof damage (tree was on my side insurance covered it). I've fixed my side of the roof but they aren't doing anything with theirs.

The current renters hate the property management company (Better Homes Management) saying they are difficult to get a hold of and even more difficult to get the work done. They like to refer to the property owner as the slum lord.

So any advice or tips?
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Old 10-15-2010, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Tempe, Arizona
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Consult with an attorney to start, it will all depend on your local laws. The renter should check the local tenant/landlord laws for any requirements of the landlord to maintain the property in a safe and livable condition.
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Old 10-15-2010, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Consult with an attorney to start, it will all depend on your local laws. The renter should check the local tenant/landlord laws for any requirements of the landlord to maintain the property in a safe and livable condition.

Ditto this. This is about all you can do.
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