Town Not Responsible for Maintaining Water Lines on Private Property

Town Not Responsible for Maintaining Water Lines on Private Property



Facts: A condominium association sued a town over who was responsible for repairing and maintaining the water lines from the public right-of-way to the community's shut-off valve. Usually, these shut-off valves are located on a public right-of-way or as close to it as possible. However, for an undetermined reason, the association's developer placed some of these valves well within the property lines of each unit owner. The trial court ruled for the town, and the association appealed.

Ruling: A New Jersey appeals court ruled for the association.

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