Landlord fears tenant request will shorten product's life
Over the years I have seen many unusual window locations in rental units, which can also be an important factor. If you have windows that are at the floor level and open (some older properties were built this way but not many), then you may have a better argument that the landlord should financially participate in the installation of the window guards.
A faster and cheaper option for these floor-level windows is to have them permanently secured so they cannot open.
Again, except in New Jersey and New York City there is no legal requirement that I am aware of that would require them to install window guards regardless of the configuration of the windows.
You need to take the steps that you feel are appropriate to protect your child and family. Your concerns are legitimate and I am glad your question allows this important safety issue to be a reminder for tenants with young children.
This column on issues confronting tenants and landlords is written by property manager Robert Griswold, author of "Property Management for Dummies" and "Property Management Kit for Dummies" and co-author of "Real Estate Investing for Dummies."
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