My question involves a condominium located in the State of: California
I own a condo on the second floor of a three floor building. I was tiling my bathroom for the first time and poured some water down my kitchen sink that had some grout in it. I thought all of it had settled. There was a problem immediately with water backing up into the sink of my first floor neighbor which required some flushing and cutting through some stucco to get to some of the pipes. I paid the plumber bill and repair of the stucco.
Two years later my neighbor had a major flood in his kitchen while he was out of town. The HOA took video of the pipes to prove that it was from residual grout. My homeowners insurance company paid a claim to my neighbor based on the proof of grout. Five months later I received a letter from the HOA claiming that I am responsible for maintaining the pipes annually without a time limit. I went to a lawyer who said that the statute of limitations for a problem is 3 years. Can the HOA make me pay to maintain the pipes and if so for how long? Also, do they have the right to keep saying that any blockages in the pipe are my responsibility? Should I consult a lawyer who has dealt with this issue before?