Jersey City, NJ asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey

Q: No firescape where there should be

just re-signed a lease but I realize the building I’m in only has one entrance/exit. I’m on the 3rd and 4th floor of a duplex apt. I’m getting a fire inspection from the city soon but I want to know what kind of legal options I have? I would like to stay here, the apt is super nice

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: It sounds like you have some valid concerns about the safety of your apartment building. The lack of a secondary exit or fire escape is a serious issue, especially for units on upper floors. Here are some steps you can take to address this situation:

1. Fire inspection: You mentioned an upcoming fire inspection from the city. Wait for the results of this inspection, as it will likely identify any violations of fire safety codes, including the lack of a secondary exit.

2. Discuss with your landlord: Bring up your concerns with your landlord and ask about their plans to address the issue. They may be required to install a fire escape or make other changes to comply with safety regulations.

3. Review your lease: Check your lease agreement for any provisions related to habitability and safety. Most states require landlords to provide a safe and habitable living environment, which includes proper fire safety measures.

4. Contact local building or fire department: If your landlord is unresponsive or unwilling to address the issue, contact your local building department or fire marshal's office. They can assess the situation and take appropriate action to enforce fire safety codes.

5. Consult with a tenants' rights organization or attorney: If you need further guidance or if your landlord is not complying with safety requirements, consider reaching out to a local tenants' rights organization or a housing attorney. They can advise you on your legal options and help protect your rights as a tenant.

Remember, your safety should be the top priority. While the apartment may be nice, it's essential to ensure that it meets all necessary fire safety requirements. Don't hesitate to take action to protect yourself and your fellow tenants.

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