For many of us, the holidays are a time for celebration, togetherness, and giving. Not just giving gifts, but giving time, care and attention to those closest to us. For some, however, the holidays can be a time of grief, pain and isolation. We have compiled a list of some things you can do to look after your neighbours in your strata property over the holiday season, whether it by being more mindful of your celebrations, or by offering an invitation to those who have nowhere to go.
For tenants in a strata property, parking can be a headache at the best of times. During the holiday period, when more tenants are expecting guests and visitors to their property, you might find there is a higher demand for parking at the strata property.
Be considerate of your fellow residents. If you have an allocated car park, be sure to use it. When hosting guests, advise them to park in visitor spaces, or spaces outside of the complex (your guest should never park in other resident’s spaces). Don’t let your guests park in visitor spaces for long periods of time. Remember these spaces are shared by all residents at the strata property (there may also be time limits imposed by your Strata Manager).
On the other hand, if you’re going away for the holidays, advise your neighbours and offer up your car space to them if needed.
We all enjoy spreading the Christmas cheer, and a big part of the holidays is putting up decorations. Before you too willingly deck the halls, check with your Strata Management Company whether there are any rules or laws to be followed with regards to decorations in common property areas.
Certain decorations can impose on tenants’ property, such as lights shining through windows, or bells and whistles creating additional noise. Some decorations can even be hazardous, having the potential to cause fires or electrical faults.
Be mindful of the rules and restrictions in your strata property, and if you’ve been granted permission, make sure all decorations are in good working condition and that those placed outside are fitted securely.
We’re not opposed to spreading the Christmas cheer with music, but you’ll need to be mindful of others living in your strata property who might not want to hear your own personal rendition of “All I Want For Christmas” at 2am.
Whether you are outside, on a balcony or even inside your apartment, loud noises will carry.
There might be people in your strata property who have no one to celebrate with over the holidays. If you have room to spare at your table, why not invite a neighbour over for Christmas lunch or Boxing Day treats. You can also share leftovers, bake some festive treats, or have a Christmas get together with other people in your strata property. If you’ve got more to give, perhaps you could contact an organisation such as the Perth Homeless Support Group, and offer some assistance this Christmas.
Regardless of what you do, remember that Christmas is a time for spreading joy and love, and that not everyone has the opportunity to celebrate with their loved ones during the holidays.