In regards to Home Inspections, a home inspector might say that “the railing does not meet code.” For instance, the railing could be 32″ high and the code is 42″ high. This new information does not mean that the home owner or the buyer has to remedy this fact. The home inspector is simply stating code. It is up to the Buyer to bring the railing up to code if he/she wants to. Other than that “the railing is grandfathered”.
“Grandfathered” means “it was code when the railing was built.”