Asking landlord to repair premises

Dear Mr. Leon,

The roof of the building we are renting from you has begun to leak. Last week there was a thunderstorm and some of our stock were damaged by water.

We asked a contractor to see what the problem was and he said that the roof is in need of some urgent repairs. Could you please get the roof repaired quickly? Alternatively, we could ask the contractor to do the repairs if you agree to foot the bill. Please give us a reply soon, for this is a matter of some urgency. Though we have taken the temporary measure of covering the books with tarpaulin, we cannot do this indefinitely. Thank you.

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