Ohio landlords often take older homes near college campuses and turn them into student housing. That sometimes involves converting an attic area into a small bedroom.
But usually the only way in and out is a set of stairs, and that could cause a problem if there is a fire in the building.
Some Ohio lawmakers are working to change the state's building and fire codes to address the issue. The proposed legislation would require a second way out.
Cincinnati Council could soon pass an ordinance requiring most city landlords to replace the smoke detectors in their rental units. Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls and Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld are holding a press conference Tuesday morning to discuss the proposed legislation. It would require all rental properties in the city to be equipped with photoelectric smoke detectors. Sittenfeld said estimates show 90 percent of all households right now have an ionization detector.