Q I live on the top floor of a co-op. Over the past three years water seeping through our parapet wall did considerable damage to one room in my apartment. Repairs were finally made. The walls and ceiling took two days to plaster and the painting took another day. Who is responsible for the cost of the plastering and the painting?
—Finally Dry in Manhattan
“Many cooperatives have voluntarily adopted the policy that if damage is caused as a result of a building system the cooperative will pay for painting. Based on the question, this particular cooperative probably does not have such a policy, but, the letter writer may request that the board repaint the damaged area at the cooperative’s expense as a gesture of goodwill because the damage to the apartment was a result of a building system failure (in this case of the exterior façade). The letter writer should also note that he may be able to recover all or a portion of the cost under his homeowner’s policy, less any deductible.”