At the risk of sounding like a lawyer, that depends:
1. The Developer should have installed one. If your unit is more than 10 years old, the Developer cannot be held accountable because the statute of repose has been exceeded. If it is less than 10 years old, you should make a claim with/against the Developer. The problem is that if the Developer is unresponsive, it may cost more to get relief for his failure than it does to cut the hole in the appropriate place.
2. Your governing documents say who is responsible for pipes. Most often, pipes that serve only one unit belong to the Owner whose unit is served by the pipe.
3. Still, the Association is not going to want you to have a contractor randomly create holes in the unit exterior or roof. It may be that the Association wants to perform the work, and you may have to pay for it.
4. Doing nothing is not a good option. At present, your dryer, whenever you use it, is sending moisture somewhere it doesn’t belong. Wherever that moisture has been going should be investigated to see whether it has created a mold condition or has caused other damage. Again, the Developer may be responsible for any such condition, as indicated in Paragraph 1 above.
Robert C. Griffin, Esq.
Griffin Alexander, P.C.
309 Fellowship Road
East Gate Center, Suite 200
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
If it is fee simple townhome the owner is responsible for this
omission but you may have a claim against the builder if the limitations
period has not expired. If it is a condo, the association may be
responsible. It all depends upon what the governing documents say.
Kenneth D. Roth, Esq.
Marchetti Law, P.C.
900 N.Kings Highway, Suite 306
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
More facts would be needed in order to answer this question. Would need to see the governing docs. To me this is a construction defect. If I were the owner I would want to look into whether a claim could be made against the builder. I would also want to have a mold inspection, as that is one of the things that can occur when a dryer is not vented.
Sean A. O’Connor, Esq.
Finkel Law Firm LLC
4000 Faber Place Drive, Suite 450
North Charleston, South Carolina 29405
This question can not be answered without reference to the Declaration and definition of the unit boundaries. The Dec may also provide who is responsible regardless of unit boundaries.
Sara A. Austin – Austin Law Firm LLC
226 E. Market St.
York, PA 17403
You can only answer the question by referencing the documents.
Thrasher Buschmann & Voelkel PC
151 N. Delaware St.
Indianapolis IN 46204-2505