My question involves a condominium located in the State of: Illinois
If anyone has any comments or suggestions, I'd really appreciate hearing them.
I am owner of a 2nd floor condo, purchased last August. There are no floors above me.
Tonight I received an email and a phone call from the association president's wife, telling me that there is a pretty substantial leak in one of the bathrooms of the condo directly below mine. She said she thinks that the leak is directly above one of my bathrooms. She wants to come over ASAP to try to pinpoint the source of the leak, and has asked me to use the other bathroom until then. I'm happy to comply - she says she will try to come over on Monday.
There are no leaks apparent in the bathroom in my unit. I have checked around the shower, around the toilet, and under the sink, and have not found any issue. Furthermore, this is the first I have heard of this situation. She says the damage looks pretty severe in the lower unit's bathroom, and that they have been using buckets to catch drippings. I don't know how long this has been going on before they decided to inform me.
I do not have homeowner's insurance, nor do I have a copy of the condo association's bylaws. I have been asking them for a copy of the bylaws since I moved in (I have an email from August where the association president said he'd have his wife drop the bylaws off...I followed up with a phone call a few weeks later, and never received them).
If the plumbing in my unit is found to be the cause of the lower unit's leak, who is responsible for paying for the plumbing repairs? What about other repairs caused by water damage?
Also, should I be documenting things as this situation unravels? Should I try to have all contact with the condo president or his wife by email, so I have a written account of what is going on?