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What is a General Contractor legally allowed to do in an apartment building?

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Posted by: from Kitchener
8/6/2015 at 3:59:39 PM

I am wondering what a General Contractor is legally allowed to do in an apartment building? Are they allowed to do anything that is plumbing related is what I am really interested in knowing.

My landlord is allowing his General Contractor to do plumbing work in a bathroom where there is a leak from the above apartments shower. I need to know if this is legal. Sorry I am posting this type of question here but can't seem to find the answer anywhere else.

Thanks!

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Wooden Wabbits Renovations & Woodworking in Hanley
Date/Time8/6/2015 at 5:05:06 PM

Best to check with your local permits department. It will depend on jurisdiction and the scope of the work.

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Wooden Wabbits Renovations & Woodworking in Hanley
Date/Time8/6/2015 at 5:05:07 PM

Best to check with your local permits department. It will depend on jurisdiction and the scope of the work.

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Date/Time8/6/2015 at 6:33:27 PM

Nicole,

It depends. If a general contractor s licensed in that particular trade, it's fine. However, a general contractor is , usually, the ober-seer of a project and brings in the traded required for the job i.e. plumbers, electricials, etc. Having said that, minor issues are usually allowable (such as leaky faucets, clogged toilets, running toilets, etc.) as any homeowner can also do these repairs. More complex jobs where the walls are opened up for plumbing corrections or where electrical issues are concerned, usually require a ticketed tradesperson. So, ask if he/she has a ticket. As to the other comments from Dave, it is always to check with the local building inspector (usually free and just a phone call away) because every municipality may have a little different control on the codes.

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Date/Time8/6/2015 at 10:32:14 PM

A quick answer is YES, that he being the person responsible for repair of damage done to THEIR building, he may affect immediate emergency repairs, or give appropriate notice that a qualified repairman will be entering you suite to affect the required repairs.It is his plumbing, so he is responsible, not you. If you find the work to be sub-standard, contact the management company, or owner of the building.

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