Re: Am I Responsible for Maintaining Pipes Indefinitely
does your HOA rules say anything to the matter?
are you still rinsing grout down the pipes? That is the only reason I can see there would be a reoccurance of the problem, especially 2 years later. That may be why they are attempting to make the requirement as they are.
Barring something in the HOA rules, you have no obligation to maintain the pipes outside of your unity, at all. Of course, if there are additional problems and they can link it to you, you would be liable for the damages, just as before.
they can say anything they want but unless they can support their claims, it doesn't mean much. Of course, if any future blockages are your fault, you can be held liable for any damages.
Also, do they have the right to keep saying that any blockages in the pipe are my responsibility?
If you had not washed any grout down the lines since the initial incident, arguing it was "residual grout" is a real stretch. I would have argued that one till the cows came home that it was not my fault or not my grout.
Just out of curiousity: did anybody grout anything on the 3rd floor between the time you did yours and the second obstruction was found?
I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.