Coventry, RI asked in Personal Injury for Rhode Island

Q: Do my home’s front stairs require a railing? Home built in 1890’s, current railing is wood and rickety; want it removed

Neighbor said it’s a personal injury liability to have no railing. I believe we may be ok because of how old the house is.

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A Rhode Island attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. No railing might be better than a rickety railing that presents a false sense of security, but your neighbor raises a valid point - not having a railing where one is required or recommended could also create liability. It's possible an architect or home construction contractor familiar with local building codes could advise on that. In terms of the age of the house, that could sometimes be an issue if a replacement railing must conform to certain historic standards, depending on the community and its rules. Good luck

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