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Dear PoPville – Renting a Basement Unit Without Window Bars?

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“Dear PoPville,

My friend and I are considering renting a two-bedroom basement unit in Shaw. The unit itself is amazing: 1000+ square feet, all newly renovated in a beautiful old apartment building, with lots of windows receiving light from southern and eastern exposures, and a washer and dryer, all at a very reasonable price — about double the square footage we’re seeing in other properties around the same price. The only catch: no window bars anywhere, at all.

We’ve asked the landlord if they’re willing to install them, but received a response saying no, that it’s too difficult given historic district regulations.

My question: is there a good number of people living in basement units without window bars that have had no problems or break-ins whatsoever? Also, if you don’t have bars, is there anything you’ve done to make the place safer?

This place really is a steal, and we both love it. We’re just very concerned about the safety issue. Advice appreciated!”

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