A couple lives with a major hole with no help from HOA. Housing associations bring in all variety of frustrations, and the most recent is right here in Richmond. A Richmond couple who were living within the city were forced out of their home and into a hotel. Now paying for their own hotel, their housing association or HOA took responsibility for handling the giant hole, which became present in August.
The hole lies directly below a major wall, and it resulted in the entire building being condemned. The City of Richmond deemed it an unsafe place for living, and the HOA waited until October 3rd to file an application for the permits necessary to begin repairs. Prior to this application, the only response to the hole was the implementation of two boards.
The House Association knew that the wall had fallen in, and exposed a massive hole which put the entire building at risk in early august. However, the couple living directly above the hole received little information. With the delay of the HOA, it made it difficult for the couple to submit a claim through their insurance or seek out compensation for being put out of their home.
Now the couple has chosen to pursue legal recourse, not only for the time that they were put out but also for the danger they were forced to live with for months. Living in those unsafe conditions put everyone in the building at risk, and the delay was undue.
Additionally, the couple has experienced increased costs in electric bills as the open hole allows out cooled air. Then the couple had also experienced increased allergies and other forms of discomfort before they vacated the premises.
When facing these living conditions, it’s clear that someone could have been hurt when the wall fell. Someone could have been hurt when walking near the open hole, or while simply doing daily activities in the home above it.
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