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Question DetailsAsked on 5/30/2011

Anyone know a good resource for DC common law related to independant contractors?

Last May, we had a flood in our bathroom (the only one!) in our apartment that resulted from the poor plumbing done in the unit upstairs during a renovation in February. The contractor pierced pipes in five places. Our walls were so wet that the cabinets fell down and the lights shorted. No one disputed that we were not liable, but the unit owner upstairs denies liability, her insurance company says she is not vicariously liable, the board is non-responsive, and the contractor (in VA) will not give me his insurance or bond information. Do unit owners bear any responsibility for the contractors they hire, particularly if they are not insured?

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I cannot say for sure but it is my understanding that the owner of the property above is ulitmately liable for the damages to your unit. So either they are going to pay or they are going to make their contractor pay but that is on them. I would contact an attorney and get working on this matter.

Answered 9 years ago by Windows on Washington

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