Deck the unit or townhouse - strata Christmas decorating guidelines

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Ready to bedeck your unit or townhouse with the glow of lights, tinsel and other festive trimmings? ‘Tis the jolly season, but in strata living, there’s a delicate dance to ensure your holiday cheer doesn’t ruffle the feathers of the local Scrooge. And it’s absolutely okay to be less enthusiastic about the holidays. Whether you’re inclined to kick off the decorating extravaganza in September or opt for the more relaxed approach on Christmas Eve, fear not. For those navigating the nuances of strata Christmas decorating, we have some advice.

With over 40 years of dedicated strata management experience at ASSM, we’ve traversed the festive landscapes of countless Christmases.

Specific rules for Christmas decorations in NSW strata schemes vary by individual by-laws. For precise information, consult your strata manager or committee. However, to offer a glimpse into the common considerations, we’ve outlined some key points below.

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Matters your by-laws may include

Navigating strata rules can be challenging, especially regarding common property and shared areas. Strata schemes may enforce regulations to ensure a uniform and harmonious appearance in these communal spaces.

Your strata might also provide specific guidelines regarding the timing of your decorations—so pay attention, especially if you’re the type to set up the tree the week after Father’s Day. Additionally, regulations might specify when residents must take down Christmas decorations to maintain a neat appearance.

Safety considerations may also come into play, such as restrictions on the use of lighting due to potential fire hazards, outdoor decorations that may be trip hazards or suspended decorations that become falling hazards when incorrectly fastened.

Some strata schemes may require residents to seek permission or approval from the strata committee before installing Christmas decorations. Communication is vital. If you have questions or are uncertain about any of the rules, be sure to contact the appropriate person for clarification. The best piece of advice we can give is, regardless of by-laws, always have respect for the feelings and beliefs of your neighbours. Be considerate and avoid excessive or intrusive decorative options that are disruptive.

Tips for decorating safely and respectfully

Once you know the rules, you’re ready to get decorating. Here are some things to consider during that process:

Glowing garlands twinkle beautifully in the evening
  • Keep lights or anything potentially flammable away from carpet, fabric, curtains and other combustible materials.
  • Always turn off powered decorations when you go to bed or leave the home, or set a timer to do this for you.
  • For exterior decorations, check they have a rating for outdoor use and properly secure them to prevent hazards in inclement weather.
  • Be careful not to overload powerboards.
    Don’t block walkways, emergency exits or intrude on common areas (unless you have approval to do so).
  • Inspect and test smoke alarms before you start decorating, to ensure a safe holiday season.

Why choose All Suburbs Strata Management?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and while we encourage merriment, always remember that courtesy goes a long way.

Living harmoniously with your neighbours is a year-round affair, so avoid straining relationships over a brief period.

Stick to your strata by-laws, go the extra mile to ensure your lights and trimmings aren’t intrusive, and keep decorations tasteful. By doing so, everyone can enjoy the season without causing undue disturbances or contention.

At ASSM, we have over 40 years of experience in strata management, and we are experts in residential, community, commercial and industrial strata schemes.

We will ensure your strata scheme runs as smoothly as possible. When considering buying into a strata scheme or wanting to engage a professional and qualified team, contact ASSM today.

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