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Old 01-05-2011, 10:42 AM
 
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Default Is it a fire hazard if a window in a bed room doesn't open?

My landlord said he would fix the window, he never did. It doesn't work--as soon as you try to open it, it slams shut immediately, there is no sprint mechanism or whatever (metal window).

Additionally, these windows need to be replaced, they leak air. They are over 20 years old. I was late on my rent check less than week and he wants to charge me a fee. I'm frustrated because he doesn't respond when I need things addressed.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Epping,NH
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Better a question to a fire official but unless the window was the only OTHER exit and was leading to a fire escape, I doubt it. But you stated it does in fact open so as such would allow exiting. As far as I'm aware, windows are not considered an exit under the building codes.

The lack of sealing isn't a safety but a comfort issue. Someone is paying more to heat the structure than needed by not properly sealing it. You can help the airflow by installing the plastic covering available in home stores. Unfortunately metal windows themselves are terrible energy savings devices.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:02 AM
 
Location: North Jersey
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My landlord said he would fix the window, he never did. It doesn't work--as soon as you try to open it, it slams shut immediately, there is no sprint mechanism or whatever (metal window).

Additionally, these windows need to be replaced, they leak air. They are over 20 years old. I was late on my rent check less than week and he wants to charge me a fee. I'm frustrated because he doesn't respond when I need things addressed.
Not sure but your local fire dept or code officer should be able to answer that
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:04 AM
 
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What is the plastic covering called? I asked at home depot and they directed me to the weather sealing material (which is just a strip).

I just find it frustrating that this guy is really gonna charge me a late fee when he's been non existent when I need something.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:19 AM
 
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Does it not open, or does it not STAY open?

I would say if it doesn't open then it can't be considered a bedroom (has to have egress window).

If it doesn't stay open, then that means it is just broken.
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Holmdel, NJ
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I would say if it doesn't open then it can't be considered a bedroom (has to have egress window).
i wonder what the rule for this is in manhattan. seems like because the places are so tiny, the rules are different. my brother has a 1 bedroom place and the bedroom doesnt have a window or closets. i believe in nj to be a bedroom it must have a window and a closet.
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:06 PM
 
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i wonder what the rule for this is in manhattan. seems like because the places are so tiny, the rules are different. my brother has a 1 bedroom place and the bedroom doesnt have a window or closets. i believe in nj to be a bedroom it must have a window and a closet.
to be officially classified as a bedroom it must have a window, in NYC or NJ. However, what do you call a place where you put your bed and sleep, whether it has a window or not?
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Holmdel, NJ
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to be officially classified as a bedroom it must have a window, in NYC or NJ. However, what do you call a place where you put your bed and sleep, whether it has a window or not?
well, when referring to my brother's place i call it a very expensive mistake.
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Old 01-05-2011, 03:08 PM
 
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i wonder what the rule for this is in manhattan. seems like because the places are so tiny, the rules are different. my brother has a 1 bedroom place and the bedroom doesnt have a window or closets. i believe in nj to be a bedroom it must have a window and a closet.
Not just a window, I believe the window has to have egress.
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Old 01-08-2011, 10:55 PM
 
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It opens, but doesn't stay open. It is broken. Wish there was a standard for windows in leases pertaining to the efficiency of them.

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