I live in a duplex.
My attached neighbor is missing a window. Not just the glass, but the whole window, frame and all. She has a big gaping hole in her wall.
It’s been this way for about a year and and a half. I mentioned it to her when I saw it, although since it was winter I was pretty sure she’d notice. There had been plastic up, which I had thought was just plastic over an existing window for extra insulation. The wind tore the plastic and then I could see that was all that has been there.
She rents (for free, stipulation of a will that says she can live there for free as long as she wants).
The landlord was replacing a broken window, the installer dropped the new window and it’s been that way ever since.
I asked her if she isn’t worried about her stuff being ruined and she said no, she’s covered everything with plastic and put a tarp on the floor, turned off the heat in that room and shoved towels under the door.
Doesn’t sound too good to me.
My concern is, since we are attached, how much damage could spread to my house. All the rain and melting snow has to go somewhere. What about mold and rotting wood? I know from looking at houses that temperature fluctuations do quite a bit of damage as well.
What about critters getting in? It’s a second floor window, so I’m not worried about mice, but what about bats and squirrels, which could then get into the walls between us?
We have a fire wall between us in the basement, first, and second floors. In the attic all it is a row of studs with plywood between us.