我以为他们会马上反驳，没想到接下来一个星期都没有动静，直到我收到了管委会 Manager Jason 的邮件：
Dear Mr. Yang:
It’s been reported to the management office that you had water leaking into Unit XXX, Mr. Mike Hunter’s unit. Please be advised that unit to unit leaks are between the unit owners. Every unit owner must promptly perform all maintenance and repair work within his/her own unit and the unit owner is responsible for any damages to the common element and other units.
We understand that the repair work has already been completed in Mr. Hunter’s unit. Please make arrangements with Mr. Hunter at 703-xxx-xxxx to reimburse him for the cost of the necessary repairs.
Please contact my office if you need copies of unit owner responsibilities from the Governing Documents.
If you have any questions you may contact me at email@example.com or 703-xxx-xxxx.
Sincerely, Jason xxx, Community Manager
好嘛，原来是找 HOA 投诉去了。 Jason 说这事时 「between the unit owners」，我回复时也没多说：
I understand this is between unit owners.
I repaired the leak immediately when we were aware of situation. I also emailed Laura on August 9 regarding the invoices but didn’t hear anything back.
Best Regards, Derek Yang
The information provided by Jason clearly states that 「Every unit owner must promptly perform all maintenance and repair work within his/her own unit and the unit owner is responsible for any damages to the common element and other units」.
As the unit owner of #xxx, and based on the causality of your master bathroom leak which caused damage to my unit, it is your responsibility to pay for all costs associated with these damages as stated in the condominium Governing Documents. Should you have a question about owners responsibilities, I am sure Jason can answer any such inquiries.
It is my wish to conclude this matter quickly and cordially. I respectfully request that you remit payment in full to me by Friday, August 26th.
Thank you, Mike
简单地说，Mike 认为，根据 HOA 文件，因为渗水发生在我的浴室里，所以我需要赔偿对他的房间造成的损失。
我之前其实已经和他们简要解释过我的观点，但是现在邮件抄送了 HOA 的 Manager，我觉得这事跟 HOA 没关系，懒得和他解释，所以回复得比较简单、也比较强硬：
In my email to Laura on August 9, I clearly agreed to pay for the damage and the repair work in your unit, which is my responsibility.
I do not pay for anything else that’s not my responsibility.
If you confirm that I should send you payment of the repair cost, after which this matter will be closed, I’m happy to do so right away.
Best Regards, Derek Yang
Mike 开始向 HOA 求援：
I would like to have your opinion on this. The damage that Mr. Yang refers to as 「not being his responsibility」, is a $350 fee for Mold Inspection. As you know, I am in the process of selling my condo and in order to do so the inspection was a requirement to assure that mold and/or mold spores were not present. Again the causality of this inspection was due to water damage from Mr. Yang’s master bathroom. As such it is my understanding that this responsibility is attached to Mr. Yang based on the binding nature of the condominium Governing Documents.
Please let me know what your understanding is of Mr. Yang’s responsibility as directed by the condominium Governing Documents. I would greatly appreciate a timely response.
Thank you, Mike
I wanted to add some additional information. On the day of the buyer’s home inspection, the leak manifested itself in our master bath. The ceiling and wall were bubbled out with water from unit #xxx. The agent called me and said that during the hour that they were in the condo, that the water bubbles grew significantly. The buyer is very allergic to mold and because of the incident during the home inspection, the buyer demanded that not only does the leak need to be repaired, our unit be repaired, but that we now had to pay for a mold certification and moisture test. I am the listing agent for the property. This was not a requirement of the original contract. This was all a result of the leak from unit #xxx.
I hope this clarifies any questions that you may have. Thank you!
I have agreed to pay in full from the very beginning.
2. Re: The mold inspection.
The leak, when discovered, was new and steady. You described to me vividly that the water bubbles grew significantly within an hour; it’s not something that could have been going on for a while.
I shut down the water that night when I came home, a few hours after the leak was discovered, and fixed the leak in the next morning.
Also, when you opened up and replaced the ceiling, there’s no sign of mold. That’s what you confirmed with me.
As such, it’s completely unnecessary for a mold inspection. You did it not because it’s necessary as a result of the leak, but because the buyer asked for it, and you wanted to satisfy the buyer. You could have explained to the buyer why it’s not necessary, but you chose not to; I understand that you wanted to impress your buyer, however that does not become my responsibility.
3. Re: The plumber.
I shut down the water within a few hours after the leak was discovered and fixed the leak in the following morning. I even showed Laura into my bathroom and explained in details what I had done and how it was fixed.
In the following week, I closely watched for any sign of leak and checked my bathroom multiple times every day. I did so to make sure the leak is properly fixed and no further damages, for which I would be liable, occur. In the following week, there’s no sign of leak at all; my bathroom was completely dry, which I also confirmed with you.
Yet you hired a plumber to check my bathroom more than a week after it’s fixed without any sign of further leakage. I was at work when the plumber came by. He called me, sounded confused, asking me what he should be looking at; he found no sign of leak and was wondering why he needed to be there.
He needed not, which is also the reason why I should not be responsible for paying.
Please let me know if I missed anything. Derek Yang
Plumber Check：我第二天就修复了渗水，并让 Laura 进我的浴室看了、还向她详细解释了我的修复措施；接下来的一个星期我一直在观察，没有任何继续渗水的迹象，我的地板完全是干的；他们在一个多星期以后要求 Licensed Plumber 来检查也没有正当理由。
Regarding the mold inspection. The buyer said they would not purchase the condo without proof (e.g., mold inspection) that there was no mold. As I said in the previous email, the buyer is very allergic to mold. I had to satisfy that request. No one knew if there had been a slow leak prior to the time it manifested during the home inspection, which could have caused mold to grow over time. The plumber was brought in because when the moisture test was done it still showed moisture. Based upon the certified professional’s advice, he told us that we should have a plumber come and evaluate the repairs. We had to ensure that repair to your bathroom was sound. If you were the buyer, in this circumstance, you would be asking for the same to be done.
Derek, we did not do anything more than what was needed to satisfy the buyer’s request so we could sell our condo. None of this would have been needed had your bathroom not leaked into ours.
Thank you, Laura
之前的交道中，Mike 比较和善，Laura 比较强势。现在 Laura 明显气势降下来了，但是她似乎没有意识到我真正的 Argument 。她一味强调他们所做的都是应买方要求、并没有任何「没必要」的花钱。然而我的要点在于：我只负责应渗水直接造成的损失和必要修葺；至于你要卖房，关我毛事……
HOA 的 Jason 看明白了我的要点，单独回复了我：
Thank you for providing all of the below information so that I could better understand the situation. Have a good one.
接下来就比较简单了。我更直截了当地告诉 Laura — 你卖房和我没关系。
I understand that you did what you felt was needed to satisfy your buyer, and I’m not suggesting you should have not. However, it’s not my responsibility to satisfy your buyer or help you sell the condo.
Because the leak happened in my unit, I’m responsible for the damage and necessary repair, which is the reason why I agreed — from the very beginning — to pay for item 1. However, I also explained that there was no reasonable ground for a mold inspection or a plumber check, which is the reason why they are not my responsibility. Again, I’m not suggesting you should not have tried to convince your buyer, I’m simply saying that it does not become my responsibility.
Please confirm that I can write you a payment for the repair work and this matter will be closed.
In the interest of concluding this matter, please remit payment in the amount of $372 ($697 minus $325 for mold inspection, hence $372), by Friday, August 26, 2016. A cash payment is preferable, however if you prefer to pay by check, please make it payable to Mike Hunter. We will consider the matter concluded upon receipt of a cash payment or once your check clears my bank account. You may deliver the payment to my unit, or attach it to the condo unit door #xxx if no one is home or available.