My stairs are in a god awful mess and have been since before I moved in. There are bits of wood gouged out, mismatched spindles, spindles upside down, basically its is just awful.
I don't realy know what to do with it where to start and in an ideal wolrd i'd have it all reipped out and replaced but I have heard that this is very costly.
It is actually a HA house, but they won't do anything about it as they seemed to think it was fine when they gave me the house.
So far all I have done is have my dad secure some of the loose spindles and the base post which was really loose.
My only other ides were to remove the handrail and banisters alltogether, but i think this is a) not allowed and b)I have children so not really safe, or to box it in, but the hall and landing are already quite dark.