Saw these sentences in a booklet (large lift repairs & maintenance services)

Sorry for the inconvenience so caused

The problem between teens and parents is the lack of communication so caused?

Won't the meanings still be clear enough without so caused?

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    In what country do you see or hear this phrase used? It isn't used in spoken American English. It use peaked around 1900, according to Ngram. The phrase appears in legal and philosophical texts predominantly ("...no liability rests upon the person who so acts, and ... he is not answerable for the injury so caused").
    – TimR
    Jun 16, 2017 at 9:59

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You are quite right, if "so caused" was dropped from either of your sentences, they would still be understood correctly.

For you first sentence

Sorry for the inconvenience so caused.

is usually said as

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

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