Q: I live in a condominium. My outdoor air conditioning unit failed, and I asked the Association to have it repaired. They said the maintenance of the air conditioner is my responsibility. Is it? I thought the Association insured the a/c units?
J.D., Vero Beach
A: The maintenance, repair and replacement responsibility for the a/c unit depends on two things. 1) Pursuant to the Declaration of Condominium who, the Association or the Unit owner, is responsible for the day to day maintenance and repair? Typically, the Declaration will provided that each owner is responsible, but this is not always the case. 2) What caused the a/c unit to fail? The Condominium Act provides that the Association does insure the a/c units for failures caused by an “insurable event” such as a lightning strike, fire, or a hurricane. So, if the a/c unit failed due to normal wear and tear typically the Unit owner is responsible to perform and pay for the repairs. However, if the failure was caused by an insurable event then the Association is responsible pay for and make the repairs. There are certain exceptions to these general rules. So, you need to read your Declaration and determine what caused the a/c unit to fail.
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