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tenantcb
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Looking for information on residential building codes, and how to go about a landlord that has rented an apartment that is not up to code.

Example of current issues-
Wires exposed; unsealed sinks, unsealed and unnecessary cords through walls from outside, unsealed windows; broken water gutters for water collection for cistern; no smoke/ carbon monoxide alarm; exposed power breaker.

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Topic starter Posted : May 21, 2017 1:22 am
Scubadoo
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DPNR handles building permits and codes for the VI however that applies to new construction and remodels. Building codes are normally grandfathered to when the building permit was approved or final inspection. Not sure what the rules are if any for long term rentals. Don't think that falls under DLCA either.

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Posted : May 21, 2017 1:40 am
AandA2VI
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Looking for information on residential building codes, and how to go about a landlord that has rented an apartment that is not up to code.

Example of current issues-
Wires exposed; unsealed sinks, unsealed and unnecessary cords through walls from outside, unsealed windows; broken water gutters for water collection for cistern; no smoke/ carbon monoxide alarm; exposed power breaker.

Are those really "code" violations? Carbon monoxide detector, unsealed windows and sinks??? Dying laughing at some of these. Why don't you just fix them yourself, Home Depot and a little caulk. Did you read the lease and did you point out and agreee that these items would be fixed when you signed it? If not you won't get far. Are you new on island? Most of these don't really seem to be out of the norm. Including wires - test them and if they're live, let the landlord know asap. Pretty basic stuff here - im a chick and I would have fixed all these myself. What did the landlord say about these items when you mentioned it?

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Posted : May 21, 2017 1:00 pm
Exit Zero
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I am sure that "broken water gutters" are not a violation of any code.

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Posted : May 21, 2017 1:40 pm
Alana33
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Why would you rent a place with these issues to begin with?

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Posted : May 21, 2017 2:59 pm
stxres2011
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I've lived on STX for 6 years, you just described every single apt I've ever lived in. These were considered top notch in terms of rentals for price/location/safety. The things you described are the least of your worries, try signing a lease with a bipolar alcoholic landlord who enters your domicile at any time she wants. I agree with the other posters DIY to address major concerns, but be sure you're allowed to do this per the lease you signed. Be proactive and get consent from landlord in writing before you make and pay for any renovations.

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Posted : May 21, 2017 5:08 pm
vicanuck
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Why not just move?

Its not like there is a shortage of rental accommodations.

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Posted : May 22, 2017 11:05 am
Juanita
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Why would you rent a place with these issues to begin with?

Exactly! Makes you wonder....

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Posted : May 30, 2017 6:04 pm
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