As a strata manager, I often get questions about a persons actions or behaviour and whether they are acceptable. This is a difficult question to answer and as always in the world of strata, the answer usually is found within the by laws of the scheme in question. This prompted me to think about rules and laws and then more broadly about social etiquette, the rules and customs that dictate acceptable behaviour. So if the by laws are the fourth layer of government for strata, is social etiquette the fifth?
Social etiquette is important for an individual as it sets out how to behave in the society. Living in a community where an individual is in closer proximity to others than outside of a community makes the need for social etiquette even more important. Following a basic level of social etiquette will enable people to get along in their community, to interact in an appropriate way and to enhance communal living.
Etiquette Hints and Tips for Strata Living:
1. Read the by laws. By law, you are obligated to abide by them and the committee is obligated to enforce them.
2. Be mindful of the volume with which your TV, music, movies, game systems or instruments are being played and the time they are being played
3. Let your neighbours know if you are planning a social event in your unit and agree what time it will run
4. Keep Australia Beautiful! You have an interest in the common property so don’t damage it, don’t drop litter, and clean up after yourself
5. Pick up after your pet, keep her restrained and be conscious that not everyone may share your love for a particular species or breed
6. Park in your designated spaces only. Make alternative arrangements for your boat, caravan or trailer if necessary.
7. Look out for each other and common property. Report irregularities and maintenance issues to your building manager, body corporate manager or committee.
8. Check before you commence renovations as you may need approval, and if its ok to proceed, be aware of construction noise and communicate with your neighbours
9. If you smoke, be conscious of any restrictions and also be mindful of smoke drifting into other units
10. The Golden Rule – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
This article was contributed by Tony Blenkinsop, Senior Strata Community Manager – Archers the Strata Professionals