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old windows

Posted by Allen-NYC on September 21, 2001 at 23:20:46:

The building (6 apartments) I live in was built in 1906 and the interior apartment windows are the really old kind with the thumb-screw turn style locks, one on each side of the window. If you have both sides screwed in to secure the window, it can easily take one full minute to open it. Way too much time in a fire. I haven't been able to locate the specifics on whether the landlord is legally obligated to install new windows, but a contractor who came to do repairs a few months ago said he was. When I asked my landlord about this, he said to put new windows in, he would have to raise the rent. Probably referring to the MCI NYC laws. Does anyone know if there is a law that exists to force the landlord to install new windows for safety reasons without raising the rent?

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