A condo HOA Board tells its management company to hire a contractor to do alter the four 1,000 sq ft vented crawlspaces in their 20 year old 8-unit building. They want them cleaned up and converted to conditioned crawls with conditioned air supplied from the 4 HVACs in the first floor units. The 4 crawls, running west to east, are linked in pairs with no firewall or door between them. One pair is accessed by a door on the west, the other pair by a door on the east. The contractor is hired and proceeds with the work.
The crew removes and dumps the fiberglass insulation from between the joists in all the crawls. A vapor barrier is installed and clean-up work performed. The work has proceeded without a permit, but stops when it is determined that a permit was necessary and that fire barrier issues will have to be resolved. The HOA finds that the costs of installing the required fire protection equipment would be too costly and instruct the crew to restore the crawls to their as-built vented state. The crew buys and installs new fiberglass insulation to replace that thrown away. The final bill is substantially more that the original estimate.
Whose responsibility was it to determine if permits and inspections were needed?
What would be a fair and equitable resolution regarding the extra costs incurred by the ignorance of the regulations?