Is the landlord responsible to update glass panes to shatter proof glass?

I recently fell in a hallway at a friend’s and cut my face open.

Asked on August 23, 2011 New York

Answers:

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you fell and injured yourself at a friend's property that she is renting where you ended up cutting your face, the landlord is required to repair the damaged glass panes as soon as possible and in a repaired condition under current building code as required by the township or county that the property is located as typically adopted under then existing guidelines of the Uniform Building Code also known as the "UBC."

If the current building code requirements in the jurisdiction where the property is located where you hurt yourself on the glass panes require "shatter proof glass," the landlord is required to make the necessary repairs to the broken glass panes with "shatter proof glass" as a safety requirement.

As to the unbroken glass panes that presumably are not up to existing building codes, they most likely are "grandfathered in" per current building code regulations and do not need to be replaced at this time.

Good question.


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