No Steel Doors or Frame?


    I have been looking at apartments for a June 1st move in. One building I was looking at did not have a steel door on the 4th floor. It’s a flimsy wood door. Are steel doors not required on smaller buildings? This building is only 4 stories tall.

    3 Replies

    1. It is an older building. I don’t remember seeing a sprinkler system. The guy could get more money for the place if he renovated it.


    2. An older, existing wooden door that is not fire-rated is grandfathered.

      You could not get it approved in a new construction/alteration plan, but the existence of an existing, non-conforming condition does not trigger a landlord to correct to present day code. As long as it met some older code, or was constructed before there was any code, you are all right.