When you live in a strata unit, there’s always a reason to celebrate! What’s key, however, is that you do so without offending your neighbours.
Hosting a party in such close proximity to others can present challenges but it is possible. Here’s our guide to hosting an event everyone can be happy about.
1. Begin with your by-laws
In the early planning stages, read over your strata scheme’s by-laws. There are likely rules in place around:
- Noise and noise levels after a set time,
- The number of guests,
- Smoking areas,
- Visitor parking,
- Common area use for private functions.
Learning about these is the best way to avoid trouble.
When you send out invitations, it’s also important to let your guests know about the rules that will affect them. If you’re having a barbecue in an area glass bottles are prohibited, for example, let guests know to leave these items at home.
2. Reach out to neighbours
It’s also a good idea to check in with your neighbours before hosting a party. Let them know what you have in mind in terms of day, time and number of guests and ask if they have any concerns.
Be willing to accommodate their requests or even invite them to join in!
3. Clean up the common areas
If you entertain guests in your building’s common areas, be courteous.
These spaces are intended for the enjoyment of everyone, so be careful not to take over. When you leave, ensure the space is left as you found it. Otherwise, you could be penalised or banned from using the area again.