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Sunken Living Or Dining Room - Trip Hazard? FHA)

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Valueseeker

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Hey everyone!

I haven't had an FHA assignment (until now) where there is a section of the dining area that is 'sunken' (step down from the kitchen).

I normally would not consider this a trip hazard however in MLS it states this and in all caps "BE CAREFUL"

Now, I'm quite sure its the intention of the realtor to heed caution however a part of me thinks if FHA reads the listing they may consider it a trip hazard. Am I over thinking this one?

Im just going to mention it and say its not a trip hazard as it doesnt appear to be one. Any contention on that solution? Im just seeking additional input on this one.

Thanks everyone!
 

Elliott

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You are over thinking. All interior elevation changes, including stairs to a basement or second level, are trip hazards.
 

Dublin ohio

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RE agent probably tripped themselves. Then decided to put warning in to cya. Would you consider a single step to a deck or porch a trip hazard?
 

Terrel L. Shields

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RE agent probably tripped themselves. Then decided to put warning in to cya. Would you consider a single step to a deck or porch a trip hazard?
The difference is we expect a drop off or up on steps. I've seen people fall. The solution is banisters or rails to funnel people and make them aware. BTW, these rails are unique in being originally Calvary tie down to secure horses while on maneuvers.
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Valueseeker

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Thanks for the reassurance guys! :)
 

DTB

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use this to demonstrate market acceptance and lack of handrail requirement.
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glenn walker

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yes I think yo are over-thinking the issue or you have to call for railings to be installed BUT once the owner lives there for a few days he/she will get used to it . Personally I would just finish the report and be done.
 
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