My question involves real estate located in the State of: California
This is kind of a complicated issue because the inspection took place before my current HOA management company got hired, and my current HOA management company is trying to charge me for an inspection that took place six months ago.
Six months ago, my building had a fire alarm inspection, and the test failed because of a failing mini-horn in someone's unit. I saw the notice that it had failed, and I remembered several years back I had disconnected my mini-horn before because it was ringing during the night. I told this to my previous HOA mgmt company, and they asked the fire alarm contractor to come out and inspect our place. They eventually came out, and told us that our mini-horns are working fine and there are no problems with our unit.
Now, our new HOA mgmt company is trying to charge me for the re-tests ($500). They claim that they have to charge me because on the original invoice it says that our unit needs to be visited for re-test. There are no records of what happened afterwards.
Can the HOA charge me for just a assumption that my unit caused a re-test? The contractor says they only talk to mgmt companies and the mgmt company says there is nothing that they can do, and it is too bad, but we have to pay.