There’s no better time than summer to invite friends and family over to your strata property – particularly if your building has a pool or other outdoor common areas.
That said, parties and even small gatherings can lead to disputes in the community if you or your guests break the by-laws. Here are three tips to avoid problems.
Only allow guests to park in authorised areas
Make sure your guests understand that strata parking spaces are generally reserved for individual title owners.
Explain to them where they are allowed to park – whether that’s on the street or in a nearby car park – as it’s equally important that guests don’t park in common areas (such as a delivery zone) or block in residents.
Control noise, particularly during certain hours
Different communities will have their own by-laws around noise, but a general rule is to keep the volume to a level that doesn’t disturb the peaceful enjoyment of other occupiers.
Your neighbours will likely be more tolerant at certain times as well, so avoid playing music loudly or inviting over a large number of friends late at night or early in the mornings.
Observe occupancy and guest limits
Your community may also have laws about how many guests each resident is allowed to have in common areas, as well as the total number of guests permitted in private areas such as inside a unit or on the balcony.
Avoid disputes with other residents as well as the Owners’ Corporation by making yourself aware of these rules and following them.