Re: Financial responsibility for water leaks
From: Laura Fitch (
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:43:21 -0800 (PST)
We at Pioneer Valley Cohousing are considering what to do with interior
modifications (that have no community oversight) that have caused air
leakage into roof cavities and condensation on the roof sheathing (which is
the first surface owned by the community).  We are starting by conducting a
survey of the potential problems, documenting changes that have been made by
owners, and we may ultimately be encouraging or requiring blower door
testing to find air leaks and correct them.  We have created the first
drafts of policies with the goal to both educate people and protect
community interests.  I don't feel I can share them yet but am happy to talk
to David Entin directly if he would like.....

Laura Fitch, AIA, LEED BD+C
Kraus Fitch Architects, Inc.
lfitch [at]

-----Original Message-----
From: David Entin [mailto:davidentin [at]] 
Sent: Saturday, January 25, 2014 10:31 AM
To: cohousing-l [at]
Subject: [C-L]_ Financial reponsiblity for water leaks

We are wondering how cohousing communities deal with the financial
responsibility (between homeowner pays or community pays or both) 


for water leaking through foundations caused

*       damage to flooring and structures
*       mold 

we have a couple of requests for reimbursement for water damage floor and
structure replacement and tearing out wallboard and studs on which there was


Any thoughts on how other communities have dealt with this problem would be
helpful.   Thanks.

David Entin, Rocky Hill Cohousing 



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