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Boarded up windows

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Tom O'Malley

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I have a rehabbed home that has a couple windows boarded up. There are new windows behind them but it was boarded for security purposes in a rougher neighborhood. Do I need to require the boards to be removed?
 

Mr Rex

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Yep

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Mr Rex

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Why not?

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Michael Tipton

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Bedrooms typically offer a least two egress options in case of fire, etc. Directly thru a window to the exteroir and via door thru the dwelling. Boarded windows restrict/remove an egress option resulting in a safety issue for the subject.
 

CANative

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Depends on how they're boarded up.

The windows that are installed (presumably) function as designed. This is America and people can enjoy they're property as they see fit. I wouldn't hestitate to include photos and report that some of the windows have boards over them. But condition the appraisal on their removal? They can just put them back up before I get out the driveway.
 

dobie

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I am not an FHA expert by any means. But removing the boarding might conflict with the requirements of the property insurer vis a vis vacant properties. This used to be the case (maybe not anymore).
 

Michael Tipton

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Inadequate access/egress from bedrooms to exterior of home is the first ltem listed as a risk to the health and safety of the occupants that will require automatic repairs for existing properties per Mortgagee Letter 2005-48.
 
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