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Old 10-22-2012, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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I am renting a home in PSL. I got a little concerned when hurricane Isaac came to town that the home was missing the hurricane shutters. I called the landlord and he said he was getting them ordered. He came to the house and measured the windows and said he was getting the screen-type ordered and should be here in a week. That was in early Sept. He called a week later and said he needed to come up again and re-measure. That was the last I heard of it. Last week I texted the owner and asked about the status of the screens. He texted back saying he had a "snafu with the manufacturer and getting them remade".

Anyhow- I was wondering if there was any law that ensured these shutters be on the property? I have renter's insurance so my stuff is covered, but I am still concerned about theft, etc if and when a hurricane comes to town. I just don't understand why that wouldn't be a priority for someone that owned a house. I sure as heck would like to keep my property safe! Let me know what I should do. I also do have a rental contract signed with Coldwell Banker on Gatlin. (up by Walmart & HD). Should I contact them or just keep my mouth shut? Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:36 PM
 
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My interpretation of Florida law indicates that storm shutters are only required for new construction. Even in that case the law calls for either shutters or impact resistant glass. See link for details


Shutter Protection for Buildings in the Florida Building Code


However, just to make sure, call your building department and ask.
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:04 AM
 
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It really doesn't surprise me at all that your landlord isn't concerned about his property. 83% of the homes in PSL don't have any type of shutters and for the most part, they are primary residences for these people. I suppose they have more money than common sense since shuttering ones house will reduce their insurance premiums substantially. The shutters will pay for themselves in less than 2 years.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:34 AM
 
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Hate to say it but that is something you should have checked before you rented. It is up to you to have renters insurance to protect you. If a Hurricane comes just leave. Whether the house is still standing is not your concern if you have covered yourself. It's all about personal responsibility.

You need to have a good working relationship with your landlord. You need to avoid ticking him off about this because in a time of real need he might be even slower.

PSL rarely gets storms that require putting up shutters. The odds of getting a storm are about the same as you winning the lottery so I would not worry too much. The season ends in a few weeks and there will be plenty of time to get them ready for next year. Since they are cheaper in the off season I am sure you are being put off. I know I would not want to pay full price when in a couple of months they will be about 30% cheaper.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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Hate to say it but that is something you should have checked before you rented. It is up to you to have renters insurance to protect you. If a Hurricane comes just leave. Whether the house is still standing is not your concern if you have covered yourself. It's all about personal responsibility.

You need to have a good working relationship with your landlord. You need to avoid ticking him off about this because in a time of real need he might be even slower.

PSL rarely gets storms that require putting up shutters. The odds of getting a storm are about the same as you winning the lottery so I would not worry too much. The season ends in a few weeks and there will be plenty of time to get them ready for next year. Since they are cheaper in the off season I am sure you are being put off. I know I would not want to pay full price when in a couple of months they will be about 30% cheaper.
I do have renters insurance.

Even with insurance, I am concerned with my stuff. A check from USAA is lovely, but I would prefer to keep my things...valuable or not. I'm definitely not going to harp on it to my landlord, but it seems stupid and irresponsible not to have them. If there is a law that makes it mandatory, then I would have something to back up my desire to have them. If there is no law, then I will know not to make an issue of it and purchase them myself.
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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On the subject of storm shutters are the Bermuda type of shutters available in the area. They help keep the sun off the window glass and also are secure in time of a hurricane.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida
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NO.. he is not required to do anything about shutters unless he wants to! Yes, you should have checked that in the house before you rented it. Now you will have to negoitage with him to buy WOOD to put on the outside or find out what taking so long -- or say.. maybe you should change companies?

YOU also are most likely the one who will be putting them up

SHUTTERS were required to be installed with new construction after we had massive destruction with Andrew in Miami. ALL the building codes changed then. When was your house built??

ps.. IF he was getting shutters someone would have to be out at your house to measure them. IF they didnt fit , someone would have to be at your house to measure them...and actually PUT THEM ON

DO YOU have any idea what they cost? are you nuts thinking about paying then yourself on a rental when they only fit that house?

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Old 10-23-2012, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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It's a 2006 home Flalady. I guess I should just wait and see what happens. No big deal- I know I'm covered!
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Old 10-24-2012, 04:50 AM
 
Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida
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Then see why he does NOT have shutters. His house was BUILT with them! It was a requirement of the building code.

He could not have gotten a CO without them and they had to be on the house for that inspection.
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:27 AM
 
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Yeah that sounds very strange. Every single house I viewed while home shopping was built in 2006 or later and they ALL had shutters in the garage.
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