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Debra

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I need to know for a property that I'm working on.....what size does a bedroom window need to be (on a first level floor) to be able to say that it is or is not a safety issue? I did call them-the connection center but there is not anything much about this in the 4000.1 How do you determine this??? I am going back to this property for a final because of subject-tos (one is that the bedroom windows wouldn't open but they say that they will now) and plan to measure from the ground to window sill and side to side and up and down. Thanks!
 

Amy Perkins

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Big enough to crawl out of if there is a fire.
 

Mike Kennedy

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Greetings!

I need to know for a property that I'm working on.....what size does a bedroom window need to be (on a first level floor) to be able to say that it is or is not a safety issue? I did call them-the connection center but there is not anything much about this in the 4000.1 How do you determine this??? I am going back to this property for a final because of subject-tos (one is that the bedroom windows wouldn't open but they say that they will now) and plan to measure from the ground to window sill and side to side and up and down. Thanks!

  1. Tennessee Housing Codes Healthy Homes Provisions - NCHH
    www.nchh.org/Portals/0/Contents/HH_Codes_TN_1-15-08.pdf
    Tennessee Housing Codes Healthy Homes Provisions ... B. TN Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant ... Access to or egress from each dwelling unit shall be provided ...
 

miktay

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This thread reminds me to contact HUD and take my name off their list of approved appraisers.
 

Don Clark

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Greetings!

I need to know for a property that I'm working on.....what size does a bedroom window need to be (on a first level floor) to be able to say that it is or is not a safety issue? I did call them-the connection center but there is not anything much about this in the 4000.1 How do you determine this??? I am going back to this property for a final because of subject-tos (one is that the bedroom windows wouldn't open but they say that they will now) and plan to measure from the ground to window sill and side to side and up and down. Thanks!

Hard to say. You would have to define a "normal size" person to say who can and cannot get through a window. On the TV show "My 600 pound life", none of those folks could make it.

Personally, I prefer going through a door.:rof:

But, the big question would be whether or not the window can be opened.
 

Mark K

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Greetings!

.... and plan to measure from the ground to window sill and side to side and up and down. Thanks!

Do you do this (measure windows and sill height) in the bedrooms of every house you appraise?

In any event, your local building/planning dept. or municipal building inspector should be able to tell you the minimum requirements. If there's no local authority, it probably defaults to the state building codes.

In this area, its 44" max sill height from the floor and 1,000 sq. inches with at least 20" clear width. This means that a 20" casement window doesn't pass because the window, when swung out, blocks part of the opening.

What's the rule say about older homes built prior to current building codes? Are they grandfathered?
 
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Peter LeQuire

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If the opening is big enough, is not barred and is not glazed with reinforced safety glass, I believe I can figure out a way to get out in an emergency.
 
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