This is more a legal question than a repair question, but I thought
someone here would have an opinion.
We have some stairs going down to the basement that are definitely not
up to code. Treads aren't deep enough etc.
I've slipped down twice.
We want to make the stairs safer by e.g. ripping the carpet off of
On the other hand, we _don't_
want to bring the stairs up to code.
With the rise/run requirements, we'd have to eat up a few feet of
kitchen which I'd really much rather not do. And I figure just by
ripping the carpet out and maybe putting some non-skid material down,
the stairs can be made quite a bit safer.
Is there some kind of rule that "if you renovate something, you have
to bring it up to code"? Obviously specifics could vary by locality
(I live in MD USA), but I figure there might be some general rule. I
suspect that minor changes (e.g. ripping out carpet) wouldn't require
bringing up to code, but major renovations would, but am not sure.
Mainly worried because we'll probably sell the house in a few years.