The exterior tiles on this apartment building in Changhua City have been gradually falling for the past few years. Since the cost of a renovation will be split between all tenants, the renovation plan has been on hold since the building's management committee never had the chance to get consent from all tenants. Under the building Act, the city government will begin to issue fines if the building continues to pose a danger.
The exterior has come loose for this apartment building near the Changhua Railway Rear Station. Although the building's management committee has installed safety nets to prevent the falling tiles from causing damage, some cars that are parked around the building still sustained damage on their windshield.
The falling tiles have smashed the windshield. This will cost a few thousand dollars to fix. (What now?) What should I do? I'll talk to (the management committee) and figure out whether they will be responsible (for the damage).
The residents in the community said that the tiles on the building's exterior have been loose since the 921 Earthquake. In recent months, the heavy rains and fluctuating humidity has exacerbated the situation. The building's management committee said they've been trying to fix this problem but they weren't able to get the consent from all tenants.
Almost all the tiles have fallen off in the last few years. It'll cost about NT$20 million to renovate the entire exterior, which comes to about NT$60,000 per household. We announced the plan during a recent tenant meeting, but it was not approved by all tenants.
The owners of the building should shoulder the responsibility and cost of maintaining the building's structural integrity and safety. If fallen tiles cause property damage or injuries, the owner must bear the civil and criminal responsibility.
Changhua County government's Department of Economic Affairs said that, although the management committee installed safety nets and put up warning signs, it still bears the legal responsibility if the fallen tiles cause any damage or accidents. The county government has asked the office to rectify the issue, or it will face fines of up to NT$300,000 according to the Building Act.