I am in a rental house. I just looked at the attic for the first time today, and saw this line of 2x4s apparently supporting the roof, and apparently severely bowing under the strain.
I only saw this once before in a house I bought from an architect who did a lot of poorly thought out modifications to “open up the floor plan” and I ended up needing to put back a lot of structure in the attic and living space that he had taken out.
I don’t think the floor plan of the house I’m in now has been modified, though there is a lot of HVAC equipment in the attic, and it is possible that framing was modified to accommodate it years ago. There has to have been some “renovation” work done on the house sometime in the past, because the wiring is a mess (most outlets don’t work, the light bulbs burn out in days, some of the lights don’t have junction boxes, etc).
My question is, what do you think is going on with this framing? The house dates from the 1970s in Raleigh, NC.