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This is in a hi-rise in Alexandria VA.

Started Nov 2015 - Tenant reported a leaky sink sprayer in kitchen.  Thanksgiving I went over to take a look and saw a small leak.  No problem, we had a bucket to catch the drips that needed to be emptied once every week or so.  Took measurementds to get the right parts and tried to turn off the water.  Valves were broken under the sink, so water supply could not be turned off.

Condo HOA requires a licensed plumber to do work that requires shutting off water to the tier.  I notified the manager at the front desk the next day.  He said he would have someone take a look and get me an estimate.

Dec 2015 - Stopped by to see if he had an estimate for me.  Said he did, but couldn't find the paperwork.  he would call me.

Jan 2016 - Stopped by again to get the estimate.  Again, he did not have the estimate handy and said it would be around $400.  A little high, but near the ballpark for this area, I said OK.  Make it happen.

Feb 2016 - checked with tenant who said no work had been done.  Called manager and he said he'll get someone in next week.  Didn't hear back.

March 2016 - I get voicemail from manager that there was a leak and I need to call him asap.  I call him back when I get the message and he says he's been leaving me messages for weeks.  I got nothing.  Went on to say there was a leak, but when they checked, it was not from my unit.  I asked about the sink and he said they'll get it done.

A week later, I hear from the tenant they came and did work.

May 20.  I get an invoice from a plumbing contractor forwarded from the manager.  It is dated March 2nd.  for $780!!!  In addition to replacing the valves and the sprayer, they replaced the whole faucet and "dishwasher kit and hose" due to a leak they found.

I did not authorize the latter.  I could have fixed the dishwasher kit and hose for about $15.  No mention was ever made about the additional work.

Is there a law in Virginia that states repairs over a certain dollar value must get my OK?


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UPDATE:  Stopped by a number of times across a few months to see the building manager. He was never around, or out to lunch, or had a day off.  Never could get an appointment with him on the phone either.   Finally saw him in September!  He took the letter (I had scanned a copy).  

Didn't hear back from him.  A few months went by where I tried to see him and saw him late December.  Asked him about the charges.  He quietly said, "I took care of it.  Don't worry about it."  Okay.  Thank you, I said.



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