Legal Question in Real Estate Law in Minnesota

We live in a townhouse. Last winter we had ice dams on the roof and 8 inches of ice on our sidewalk leading to the front door making it very dangerous to use it. We requested that the townhouse Association find a solution to this problem and correct it for us. The Association is recommending the application of heat tape to the roof and gutters to eliminate the ice buildup. The estimated cost is $870. The Association has decided that the cost belongs to the homeowner. Since we do not own the roof, gutters or sidewalk (considered common elements) and if someone gets hurt, it is the responsibility of the Association, how can it be our responsibility to pay to fix the problem. Need advice how to move forward. Thanks.

Asked on 10/06/13, 6:00 pm

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Tricia Dwyer Tricia Dwyer Esq & Assoc PLLC
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Hello. I suggest you study the governing provisions of your written documents, speak to the board members, and then contact an attorney as need be.


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Answered on 10/07/13, 6:27 am

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