With so many people under one roof, disputes do sometimes arise in strata communities. Certain issues are more prevalent than others and will be handled differently according to your house rules. In general, however, you can have peaceful, drama free strata living with these three tips.
A strata building is just one big happy family, right?
Not always. While there are some great social benefits to owning strata property, issues can arise.
We explore some of the most common disputes and how to avoid them.
The most common disputes in strata property
According to StrataSpot, the most common disputes within strata communities are:
- Breaking of by-laws,
- Repairs and maintenance of common property.
Do any of these sound familiar? Fortunately, in most strata communities, issues rarely arise and when they do, they’re handled quickly and efficiently.
Tips for avoiding issues in your strata community
Avoiding disputes in your strata community generally comes down to common sense. For peaceful, issue-free living we recommend you:
1. Familiarise yourself with the house rules
The easiest way to avoid breaking the rules is to know the rules, therefore, we recommend all strata property owners take the time to read and understand the community house rules.
2. Be social with your neighbours
You don’t need to be best mates, but issues are more easily smoothed over when you’re on good terms with your neighbours. Furthermore, it’s better to handle certain disputes – such as a one-off noise complaint – on your own, rather than escalating them higher.
3. Brief your visitors on community rules
Often, disputes around parking, noise and common areas actually arise due to guest behaviour – not residents. To avoid this, make sure your visitors know what’s expected in the building.