This issue came up at a recent townhouse inspection done by Michael McCarthy. Although the installation of kickouts is not required in this case they were recommended to help prevent siding from rotting.
1. There were no kickout / diverters installed at the bottom of the roof / wall intersection areas which are commonly referred to as side or 'cheek side walls'. Accumulating roof water runoff should be directed out and away from the building and into the gutters. Roof-to-wall flashing areas should have a kickout / diverter installed at the bottom termination of the side or cheek walls to ensure that water is directed away from siding and other wall surfaces. The installation of kickout / diverters will be required to prevent leaks and water damage from occurring.
2. Flashing was missing below the rear window cheek wall and was only caulked. It should have been flashed below the window like your neighbors. The installation of flashing will be required to prevent leaks from occurring.
3. The vent channels in the attic were either loose or missing. Therefore, the insulation was incorrectly installed above the soffit vents and was blocking the passage of air from the soffit vents into the attic area. This condition prevents adequate air circulation into the attic area. Removal of the insulation from above the soffit vents or the proper installation of vent channels will be required to provide adequate air circulation into the attic area.