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It’s officially that time of year! The most decorative season is arriving, so it’s important to remind yourselves of all the do’s and dont’s when living in a condo or apartment, to ensure you, your family, and community is kept safe to enjoy this holiday season.
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Rule #1 – Read Your ByLaws/Building Rules
You may be tempted to string some lights on your balcony or hang a wreath on your door but it’s important to first be aware of what is and is not allowed in accordance with your specific Condominium bylaws and building rules. Each complex can have it’s own unique set of guidelines to follow so make sure you read the one’s specific to your building.
Did You Know? Since balconies fall on the exterior of the building, they are considered common areas. This means that their appearance is subject to the rules set out in the bylaws.
If you cannot find the decorating information in your documents, contact your property manager for confirmation.
You Want A Live Christmas Tree? Hold That Thought!
Due to fire safety concerns, most apartment and condo units will prohibit live Christmas trees in the complex. Not only are they a fire hazard, but they can create a mess in the common spaces, from dried needles and trees being dragged down the hallways. Not to mention, disposing of them in the new year becomes an issue most complex’s want to avoid.
IF they are allowed, it’s important to remember to buy a fresh tree and keep the base of the trunk in water at all times so it doesn’t get dry. Also keep your tree away from any ignition sources such as fireplaces, heaters, and candles.
Before You Drape those Blinking Lights.
When buying Christmas lights, it’s best to go for LED lights. Not only are they energy-efficient, they don’t normally overheat. It’s also good practice not to leave the lights plugged in for more than 24 hours. Unplug the lights when you are not home to ensure they have time to cool down.
If you are allowed to hang lights from your balcony, ensure they are secured properly to avoid any chance of the lights coming loose or falling. Remember… safety first!
Oh, The Wonderful Smell Of Candles
Burning candy cane and cinnamon scented candles are the perfect way to fill the air with the smell of the cozy, festive season, but remember not to leave candles unattended and most importantly, not to leave them anywhere near flammable items such as the Christmas tree.
Keep in mind that smells travel, so be mindful of your neighbours, not to overwhelm them.
Be Mindful Of Your Surroundings When Playing Your Christmas Tunes
It’s true… not all of your neighbours would appreciate hearing Christmas tunes blasting from surrounding units so please remember to respect everyone’s rights to peace and quiet by making sure you play your music at a reasonable level.
Most Cities implement noise-related Bylaws to ensure sound levels are restricted during the night. These quiet hours are typically enforced between 10pm and 7am.
Decorating Your Front Door
The outside of your door is considered common property, just like your balcony. So it technically might not even be owned by you. Although it might be tempting to hang a wreath or other décor, it’s best to check if this is allowed first.
When The Jolly Season Is Over
Although most of us don’t want to let go of the festive season, it’s important to remember that most complexes’ do have restrictions on how long you can keep those Christmas decorations up. Typically that time frame is between October and March so remember to double-check what the limit is within your complex to ensure they are taken down within a reasonable time.
On behalf of the team from Magnum York, we wish you and your families a wonderful Christmas season. Stay safe and healthy!
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