Unsafe house for young children
This house has been recently "upgraded" by an unlicensed and uninformed handyman. This is immediately obvious when you first walk in the house and see the railings that have been installed in the kitchen/dinning area on the second floor overlooking the first floor living room/stairs down to the garage are not built to code. NC Building Safety codes say that railings and banisters should be designed in such a way so that a 6" diameter object could not pass through them. The railings have no banisters and a roughly 36" diameter object could pass through the space and fall one story down. Typically for the modern look the homeowner was going for with his remodel, glass would be installed under the existing railings to meet the code. We have a young family, including a 15 month old who is learning to walk. He teeters and falls all over the place on flat ground. The idea of staying in a house with our 33" tall toddler with this incredibly dangerous railing situation gave me heart burn the entire night we did stay there. My fear was he would get out of his bedroom and fall over the edge. Because let's be honest, a 400-lb linebacker could trip and fall over the edge without hitting anything to break his fall. We contacted the owner about our concern, and told him we would only be staying one night. He was responsive, but inconsiderate. He said he had other families stay there without a problem, and that we should go buy a child gate and lock our children in the hallway while we were in the kitchen/dinning area if it was a concern. This is how I picture my vacation meal prep to go under his suggested scenario, 3 children in a locked hallway screaming their heads off. Zen isn't it. He also mentioned I should have looked at the pictures on VRBO closer to see that his house was clearly modified to violate building safety codes. I looked at the one picture again (the one of the fireplace). I now see that there are no banisters, and no glass as their should be to meet building safety codes. It's a little tough to tell as the picture is quite cluttered, and need to pay special attention to notice that these railings are unsafe. I have asked to only pay for the one night we stayed there. The stress of staying there more nights was too much for us to handle. The owner is refusing to oblige. He feels it's my fault that his house is unsafe and I should have been more careful evaluating his ad. VRBO is not being much help either.
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