What liability does condo converter have for defects?

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DEAR BOB: In August 2006 I purchased an apartment in a condo conversion in the resale market. My seller bought the condo eight months earlier direct from the condo converter. To what extent and for how long a time frame can the developer be held liable for repairs and warranty work to each individual unit? For example, if a front-door lock is defective, and the third-party manufacturer offers a 25-year warranty, who is responsible for repairs, bearing in mind the manufacturer requires a copy of the invoice? --Helena S. DEAR HELENA: In a condo conversion, the developer is liable to the homeowner's association (HOA) for any structural defects, such as a foundation problem, in the common areas. However, if something goes wrong within your condo unit after purchase, the developer usually has no liability to the owner, especially a subsequent owner who was not the original buyer. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. If you are asking who is responsible for repairing your front-door lock, don'...