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how do i fix the roof of a half-plex i bought if neighbors can't or won't pay their portion?

This half-plex is a foreclosure and inspection recommended a new roof. The roof is all connected. Is it possible to fix just my side? What if I can't even contact the owners next door? Does this require 2 permits if both sides are fixed?
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October 01 2009 - Sacramento
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Actually you can compel them to pay for their fair share if you can show that it needs to be done and is reasonable.  Speak with a real estate attorney for details.  If you need referrals for free consultations please let me know.
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Jennifer Patrick
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October 04 2009
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I think you just found the real problem of buying half a house. If the owner of the other half lets it fall into the cellar you do not have much you can do about it. I think you can just fix your side, but doing so will mean that their leaky roof can still rot out your side of the house. I would have rejected it for that reason. You may find it makes more sense to pay for the whole roof and suck it up.
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