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I am a complete newbie when it comes to home repair and I will hire someone to help me out. But I was wondering if people could help diagnose my problem here.

I live on the first floor of a 3 floor building. The ceiling in my bathroom has developed small cracks. This portion of the area above the tub has also seemed to sag slightly. When I press my hand gently against the ceiling and wall in this area, it seems very soft and could break easily.

Is this due to water damage from the unit above me? I have not noticed any leaking. Or is this not even a plumbing issue? These cracks were not there before and have just developed.
 

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Sure looks like water damage.
Pop off some of the texture and see if it's damp or moldy.
 

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I would get someone from the HOA to look at it before you take too much of it down. And take photos,lots of photos all through the process.
 

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Need a better bath fan over that shower...

Gary
 

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Your HOA should have absolutely nothing to do with this. If it's indeed a water leak, it would be the responsibility of whoever lives above you (or their insurance company). Or, as Roberto says, it's too much moisture from showers, the fix is on you. Get your insurance company to look at it before you tear out anything.
 

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Yea, humidity from a shower seems to not be enough for that extensive paint peeling. Eventually, you should also see water stains develop.
 
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