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Existing conditions are grandfathered unless/until modifications/additions are made
There are exceptions such as immediate life safety systems like smoke and CO detectors
However insurance companies may require safety upgrades to provide liability coverage
Grandfathered meaning the low rail does not have to be brought up to code...
Yes in your friend's case there is no requirement to bring the existing railing up to code.
The "However insurance companies ...." is important to know. thank you.
ok... "modifications ..." being just to the railings or other modifications to building...
At least as far as the building code is concerned. If small children are in the household and the family is receiving government assistance the State could require changes.
Generally any modification to the building
I do not know of small children... but there are a number of "dependant adults" residing in the apartment building.
But this is a gray area
Good to know... I will look into if any modifications at all have been made that would "trigger" bringing the rails up to code.
or rather should have triggered bringing the rails up to code.
Some jurisdictions don't require upgrades unless a certain percentage of the building is modified but these railings are so below standard that I can see a code enforcement official requiring a fix with any building modification
This is a local jurisdiction issue
do you have any more questions?
Not at this time; FYi, the location is Los Angeles; thank you for your input and info.