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Are landlords legally required to provide window screens in rental homes?

I rent a home with no window screens. I have 3 very small children so not having screens poses a safety threat for them. Additionally, we have bees/wasps entering the home and I am allergic which poses a medical concern as well.

We have contacted the property manager who reached out to the landlord on our behalf. He turned down the request and they informed us once they reach out to the landlord regarding something specific (and he/she says no) they are not permitted to ask again.

We are unsure what to do and our lease is not up for 18 months. We cannot remain in this house when it is not safe, but are at a loss for resolution. Any insight is appreciated. Thanks.
  • July 18 - Raleigh
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Better, contact your local health department, they will know and will tell you for free. 
Plus if they call the management firm they will not get blown off. 

 
  • July 19
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Yes, in California, the Landlord needs to provide window screens on all windows. This situation is a safety concern so I would look at the Tenant Laws in your state and contact the appropriate authorities to resolve the situation quickly! I'm so sorry about your trouble. 
  • July 18
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Here's a link to the NC landlord/tenant guide.  There does not appear to be a specific line item about window screens, although there is a generic section about "fit and habitable condition".   You may wish to pay for a brief consult with your attorney, and/or shell out some money at a hardware store for some screening if you wish the windows to be open.

Normally in my state if a property does not have window screens when a tenant views the property, a landlord is not required to install window screens at a later date.  It isn't considered essential like water, heat and electricity.

  • July 18
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