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Combining shower base repair with total bathroom reno - share costs?
05/05/2012 - 12:02 pm
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I own a 3 level townhouse (Lot 1 of 3 in a strata plan). There has been an issue with a leak from the bathroom on level 3, down onto the kitchen area on level 2, for some 5 years +. Finally got my plumber out (after many megaseals, protective coatings …$$$ etc organised by the SM's) who found the flange was moving in the shower recess and hence the waterproofing was compromised. This had never been identified as the problem in the past and I hate to think how much money has been wasted to date. After 2 attempts with silicon the plumber has managed to stop the leaking for now but advised next time it leaks we should waterproof/re-tile the shower area. My concern is that the silicon is not a sufficient fix for the problem and that more damage may eventually result.

The bathroom is not particularly bad (with the exception of the shower recess which is ugly and mouldy. I have asked the SM if they would consider the possibility of me renovating the entire bathroom, with a contribution by the SP equal to the cost of repairing the shower recess. They seemed OK with this and are sending their preferred bathroom guy out to quote.

I have asked them to confirm that if they have a quote they are happy with from their tradesman (just for the shower recess) and I decide to have the entire bathroom renovated by either their tradesman or someone else (licensed of course), will the SP reimburse me for the cost of what would have been spent on the shower recess. I have been getting the run around ever since. They have told me they would prefer me to use their tradesman. They are not organising a second quote.

So… on the basis

  1. that the shower recess needs to be ripped out and waterproofed and re-tiled. The SM have acknowledged this.
  2. The SM have been advised of my plans to renovate the entire bathroom and are OK with this.

Can someone please advise if it is "ok" for me to expect a contribution towards a full bathroom renovation equal to the costs the SP would have incurred if the shower recess only was repaired? The SM elude to this but will not give me a yes or no answer. And do I have to use the one and only tradesman they recommend?

Why are they making it so difficult!

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