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    Double glazed windows.

    I have a tenant in a 1 bedroom upper flat of a converted victorian terraced house. I have double glazing - the top 1/2 of the window is fixed, the bottom half opens out horizontally.

    My tenant (who was single) now has a child and wants me to provide a way to stop the windows opening out as wide as they do for fear her child will fall out. The windows have the usual key lock, and can be positioned such that they allow a crack of air in (ie mostly shut).

    However, I wonder if I am under any obligation to purchase special rods that would prevent the window from opening out too wide. Essentially the flat is not fit for the child, but I am unsure where to go with this. I don't feel i should try and make a non child friendly flat - child friendly.

    Any advice would be truly appreciated. Thank you. Hazel

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    Originally posted by hazelmessenger View Post
    I have a tenant in a 1 bedroom upper flat of a converted victorian terraced house. I have double glazing - the top 1/2 of the window is fixed, the bottom half opens out horizontally.

    My tenant (who was single) now has a child and wants me to provide a way to stop the windows opening out as wide as they do for fear her child will fall out. The windows have the usual key lock, and can be positioned such that they allow a crack of air in (ie mostly shut).

    However, I wonder if I am under any obligation to purchase special rods that would prevent the window from opening out too wide. Essentially the flat is not fit for the child, but I am unsure where to go with this. I don't feel i should try and make a non child friendly flat - child friendly.

    Any advice would be truly appreciated. Thank you. Hazel
    The stays to which you refer cost about £10 and could save the child's life.

    I cannot believe you are asking the question.

    If you feel the flat is unsuitable for the mother and child, then you will have to serve notice as soon as you legally can. But in the meantime you have a duty of care to your tenants and if that means fitting a window stay or two, so be it.

    If an accident happened (let us hope it does not) and the tenant had asked you to fit these things and you had refused (on the grounds that you didn't think the child should be living there in the first place), who do you think is going to be held responsible in court?
    'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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      #3
      Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
      The stays to which you refer cost about £10 and could save the child's life.
      Yes, a bit of a no-brainer I'd have thought. eg try http://www.handlestore.com/restrictors.php

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        #4
        You have a duty of care to the child. I had this argument with a woman at the council 9 years ago when my 18 month old climbed the radiator and onto the window sill in her room and almost fell out! There were no locks for the window which was all I was asking for! Woman tried to win... I demanded a superior who said I was right and 3 days later they were out sorting the problem!

        Classic comment from the woman though... move things so she can't climb!! Yeah OK I will remove the radiator shall I? lol!
        GOVERNMENT HEALTH WARNING: I am a woman and am therefore prone to episodes of PMT... if you don't like what I have to say you can jolly well put it in your pipe and SMOKE IT!!

        Oh and on a serious note... I am NOT a Legal person and therefore anything I post could be complete and utter drivel... but its what I have learned in the University called Life!

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