Well, state your case. Then let it go. They can't force you to pay up. If they had been paying rent, likely there would have been money for a new roof.
Could the roof be patched? I mean, how long are they going to live in it?
I plan to discuss this with my sister tomorrow. I look at the breakdown like this. The roof estimate is $9000. Those living in the house should contribute $1200 each, including the one grandson. That's $4800. My parent's put in $1000 making the today $5800. Each other sibling donates $500 for an additional $2000 making that total $7800. The other 5 grandkids donate $240 each giving you a total of $9000 for the roof.
Yes, I feel that those who actually live there should contribute more. My twin may fight this because he feels that since he's just between apartments now he shouldn't have to pay as much because in his mind, "that's not his house." I know for a fact that he only gives our mom $100 a week to stay there. That's $400 a month for shelter, food, water, cable TV, internet, clean laundry, A/C, heat, etc. The other siblings think he needs to be paying more. And the grandson that lives there has a BMW that he's fixing up and has wrapped it in this florescent pink wrapping with a big spoiler kits and all. My brother went out a few months ago and bought bought a $300+ dollar Easter suit that no one has seen and now he's looking into buying a gun and holster so he can be extra security at his church. He refuses to let anyone see the suit because we all got on him because right now he's technically homeless and homeless men don't wear $300+ dollar suits. That's my issue, you can go buy all these expensive clothes and looking into buying a gun while you're homeless sleeping on someone else's sofa then you can contribute more to the roof that you're sleeping under. And the grandson who also lives there can take his money to soup up a used BMW can also contribute more to the roof.
The roof will be replaced whether I like the breakdown or not. It's the family house and it's paid for so that when the parents pass away it will be shared by all of us but the two older brothers will remain in the house. I would assume that by then my twin and his son would be out of the house at some point.