I’m stuck between two “bad” choices. In charity, I have offered my extra room (for free) as a temporary living quarters for a family member who needs the financial break. She accepted gratefully. However, I have since discovered that it is illegal by city building code to use that room for sleeping because it houses (in a separate room that has a door that opens to the room) the gas water heater. The legal law exists, obviously, to prevent carbon monoxide dangers, etc.
However, I could easily have the heater double-checked for safety by a tech to make sure it’s functioning perfectly, and invest in several carbon monoxide detectors. The potential resident is satisfied that it will be safe for the several months that she wants to live there.
Dilemma = if I am convinced that it is indeed safe, am I bound morally to refuse the room to my needy family member anyway, on the grounds that it’s against building code?