Posted by Ace on June 11, 2001 at 14:40:47:
In Reply to: window safety bars posted by Chris G on June 07, 2001 at 09:48:23:
You don't mention if your place is rent stabilized -- there are window and lead paint laws and you might want to look into that. otherwise, you must have access out of windows -- ground floor MUST have secure gates and you must be in possession of the working key, as I've lived on the ground floor and security is an absolute necessity. As far as Zep's answer about the air conditioner being a deterrent to burglars, not true in New York City. Burglars tend to come in from the back of a building, not the front (because the back is less trafficked than the front, especially a yard).
: we recently moved into a ground-floor apartment in a brownstone in Brooklyn. There are currently bars over all the necessary windows, which is good, but ... they are really old and none of them have any way to open them. does our LL have any responsibility to replace them with new bars that open? it's a little disconcerting, as there aren't many ways out of the apartment should it burst into flames.
: even if it's not the LL's job to put new bars on the windows, does anybody know any places in Brooklyn/NYC that do this kind of work? our LL has been good with the deduct-the-cost-from-the-rent concept so i might get this done myself.
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