2010 Georgia Code
§ 44-3-85 - Liability for failure to follow plats or plans; easements; liability for damage

O.C.G.A. 44-3-85 (2010)
44-3-85. Liability for failure to follow plats or plans; easements; liability for damage

(a) The purpose of this Code section is to protect the unit owners, except in cases of willful and intentional misconduct by them or their agents or employees, and not to relieve the declarant or any contractor, subcontractor, or materialman of any liability which any of them may have by reason of any failure to adhere to the plats or plans.

(b) To the extent that any unit or common element encroaches on any other unit or common element, whether by reason of any deviation from the plats or plans in the construction, repair, renovation, restoration, or repair of any improvement or by reason of the settling or shifting of any land or improvement, a valid easement for such encroachment shall exist.

(c) The declarant and his duly authorized agents, representatives, and employees shall have an easement for the maintenance of sales offices and model units on the submitted property so long as the declarant owns any condominium unit primarily for the purpose of sale.

(d) Subject to any restrictions and limitations which the condominium instruments may specify, the declarant shall have a transferable easement on and over the common elements for the purpose of making improvements contemplated by the condominium instruments on the submitted property and any additional property and for the purpose of doing all things reasonably necessary and proper in connection therewith.

(e) This Code section shall not be construed so as to prohibit the reservation to the declarant of other easements by means of the condominium instruments or otherwise.

(f) To the extent that damage is inflicted on any part of the condominium by the declarant or by any contractor, subcontractor, or materialman utilizing the easements reserved by the condominium instruments to the declarant or created by this Code section, the declarant together with the person or persons causing the damage shall be jointly and severally liable for the prompt repair thereof and for the restoration of the same to a condition compatible with the remainder of the condominium.

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