Responsibility For Water Leaks
Apartment owners are responsible for any damage caused by a water leak originating in their apartment. For example, if a washing machine hose breaks and the resulting flood causes damage to another apartment then the Owner of the apartment with the broken hose is responsible for the repairs to the other apartment.
For this reason, it is suggested that apartment owners pay particular attention to the maintenance of floor drains, tile grouting, washing machine hoses, etc.
In the event of a broken hose within an apartment then the first step should be to turn off the water to the broken hose, but if that is difficult or impossible then the water supply to the whole apartment may be turned off by closing the appropriate valve in the riser cupboards located in the hallways of each floor.
Each riser cupboard is labelled “Hot & Cold Water Valves” ; each valve is labelled with an apartment number.
The cupboards are locked but may be opened with the same key that provides access from the stairwells to the relevant apartment floor.
All residents should check that that they have the key that opens the door from the stairwells to their floor and know how to locate the water valves to their apartment.
Please click here for the water leak form.