Boston area—“shared basement” dilemma in 2-flat condo.

I own the ground floor unit in my two unit building. There is direct access to the basement from my unit. My washer and dryer are down there and the water heaters for both units are there. The upstairs owners enter the basement via a door off the driveway (no direct access). The basement is very large and could be a great storage area for me but it is damp. Very damp. There is no standing water, but the humidity (dues to an old stone foundation and only-partially-concrete floor) is off the charts. Everything I put down there develops mildew/mold. Getting the guys upstairs to buy into paying for improvements to the basement is a tough sell—there’s not much in it for them. Meanwhile, an improved basement space could add a lot of value to my unit both from a usability standpoint and resale value. Is there anything I can do about this? Would it be worth my while to have the space legally divided (so that I could make improvements to my portion)? The estimates I’ve received for repointing the foundation, installing a sub pump (sp?), and repouring the concrete floor for the whole basement are in the 40k to 60k range, just an fyi.

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I own the ground floor unit in my two unit building. There is direct access to the basement from my unit. My washer and dryer are down there and the water heaters for both units are there. The upstairs owners enter the basement via a door off the driveway (no direct access). The basement is very large and could be a great storage area for me but it is damp. Very damp. There is no standing water, but the humidity (dues to an old stone foundation and only-partially-concrete floor) is off the charts. Everything I put down there develops mildew/mold. Getting the guys upstairs to buy into paying for improvements to the basement is a tough sell—there’s not much in it for them. Meanwhile, an improved basement space could add a lot of value to my unit both from a usability standpoint and resale value. Is there anything I can do about this? Would it be worth my while to have the space legally divided (so that I could make improvements to my portion)? The estimates I’ve received for repointing the foundation, installing a sub pump (sp?), and repouring the concrete floor for the whole basement are in the 40k to 60k range, just an fyi. submitted by /u/Hnylamb [link] [comments]

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