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    Confused1234 what is it you are actually getting at with your last question re reponsibility for the balcony? Are you hoping that the other freeholders are responsible in order to be able spread the risk of being sued for negligence in the event of a claim arising from an accident or are you hoping that they will stump up some of the cost of the repairs?

    I don't get it. This is a balcony to which residents of your flat only have access and you openly admit that it is dangerous. You either pay to get the problem sorted so it complies with current safety regulations or you completely prevent tenants from using it; in my mind that would require something more than removing the key or putting a sign up.

    I would be of the opinion that if you would even consider renting out a flat on the 3rd floor with a balcony in this state then maybe being a landlord is not for you. I urge you to put your hand into your pocket to prevent an accident rather than trying to apportion blame to others in the event of one happening. Someone could be severely injured or killed by a fall from such a height and you are in a position to be able to massively reduce the risk of this happening. My advice would be either not to let the property or treat this as a business and do the necessary. In the long run you should make your money back.


      Either fit a normal window or change it to a Juliette balcony as suggested.

      You did not answer the question as to whether this was the top of a bay window belonging to the flat downstairs.
      I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg


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