There appears to be some leakage through sewer drain pipes leading out of my flat into the flat on the floor below. There is no leakage whatsoever in my flat, neither inside bathrooms nor in the dry balcony from where the pipe goes downwards through the slab.
While both the flat owners have no objection to sharing that expense, the maintenance people have indicated that in case they are not able to find the source of leakage, they may have to remove commodes from both of my bathrooms to investigate further and access the pipeline. They have also said there could be breakage of commodes and tiles. The society is also insisting on both flat holders to bear resultant expense, when none of them is responsible for this leakage and this is additional burden.
None of the affected parties (me and the downstairs flat owner) were made a part of any meetings together nor the society management meetings on this matter. So are not aware of the deliberations that took place or the basis for arriving at such unilateral decision.
No quotations were given to either of the affected parties prior to conveying the decision and volume of expense.
No minutes of the meeting held on this matter (if any) were made available for us to look at.
They have also not specified the breakdown of plan of repairs and expense at every stage.
The plan in case none of the intended steps is successful is also not worked out or conveyed.
The questions are:
1. Are such unilateral decisions made by society management without the involvement of affected parties, binding on the society members?
2. Should I (and the other flat) be made to share additional expense when the society needs acccess to the pipeline through my bathroom commodes line, when both commodes are intact and there is no visible leakage inside/outside my flat.
3. Can the society not pay out of its own funds and if it feels, take the matter to the builder for the recovery of such expense, without burdening the members?
Advise on this matter will be greatly appreciated.