Water damage from years of missing roof cap

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I bought 5 townhomes a few months back and just recently got a 28 foot extension ladder.  one of my guys went up on the roof to clean out the gutters.  My roofs are good to go and the gutters are now clean.  Since these are townhomes with shared walls it concerns me greatly that an adjacent property is missing it's roof cap.  The wood is weathered badly on the trusses and I don't see how the tenant in there is not swimming.  When we put new flooring in the second floor of my unit we noticed some water damage near the shared wall.  not bad but it was concerning since that is not an exterior wall and there is no plumbing in the shared wall. 

I looked the owner up on the PVA and he is a slumlord.  no way he will even give this a second thought.  Can a property be condemned for mold / water intrusion? I am guessing the neighbors second floor is a wreck. 

Should I bring this up with the code enforcement?  I don't want his slumlording to become my problem.  or should I just pay to put a cap on it myself so it does not get any worse? 

I've seen that before.  Sometimes homeowners hire the cheapest roofer they can find and the roofer doesn't know all the little details.  I've also seen the results, soaked and falling ceilings, water running down walls during heavy storms, etc. 

Contact him, tell him about the problem, and offer to have your guys put it up at your cost. You could fight it another way and it might be months before he is forced by the city to fix it, if not more than a year. If your property was my property, I'd just bite the bullet and get it done. Who knows, he might offer to pay the cost of the material if your guys install it.

Not familiar with PVA so not sure how you know the person is a slumlord......kind of judgmental with limited info...you may be right, but lets not jump to a conclusion about what he will do or say

I would contact them and tell them what's going on.....don't offer to pay for the work yourself right off the bat....I would use that as my last resort. If you go straight to the "Ill pay for it", then why wouldn't they let you?

There is a big difference between being a cheap *** landlord and one that will let a blatant water intrusion issue like this continue and totally destroy the unit....you wont know until you investigate a little more.....

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