I know we all learn something new everyday, but this one really surprised me…
Thanks to an article posted by Property Observer, today I learnt that displaying Christmas lights and decorations can in fact break certain by-laws set by your apartment body corporate, and it’s worth seeking clarification and approval before decorating this Christmas.
In fact, the majority of unit owners and tenants are said to be unaware of these restrictions and the possible repercussions.
Most body corporates enforce by-laws prohibiting additions to the exterior of the building, including hanging Christmas decorations and lights from balconies and windows. Your body corporate would be able to advise on the type of decorations allowed, how long they can be displayed for and where is appropriate to hang them.
Here are five Christmas decoration tips for those living in apartments or units straight from Archers Body Corporate Management:
- Check with your body corporate before putting up your Christmas decorations to ensure you’re not in breach of any by-laws.
- Before you install Christmas lights, check over the cables to ensure they are not faulty. Faulty lights can be the cause of fires which can not only affect your property but the entire building.
- If you have approval to decorate your balcony ensure that decorations are secured well so they won’t be a hazard in strong wind or summer storms.
- Ensure that your decorations do not block any walkways or emergency exit points of the building and are not on common property.
- Make sure you adhere to your body corporate’s prescribed time lines and guidelines for how long decorations can be displayed.
And with that, we hope everyone has a happy & safe festive season!