Christmas is fast approaching, so you’re probably thinking about decorating both the inside of your home and your front door. But you may also be so much in the Christmas spirit that you’ve thought about decorating your community’s front door or entrance hall. If so, today we want to address the most common questions that arise at Christmas time in communities when it comes to decorating.
Christmas decorations in communities of owners
The Christmas spirit has its limits, especially when you belong to a community of owners. Every day more and more people are turning their balconies and windows into a genuine Christmas display. Just like those who set up a gigantic nativity scene in their entrance hall, the best thing to do is to first reach an agreement with your neighbours at a meeting. It should be kept in mind that decorations must be secure and in no way cause an obstruction in communal areas. Nor should they be in conflict with the overall design of the façade of the building, as specified in the Spanish Horizontal Law.
Owners of ground floor flats with a garden or patio, as well as penthouses with a large terrace, won’t be able to do what they want if it affects the community in terms of security or even aesthetics. Electrical goods must be CE marked, i.e. they must comply with all European regulations. This means that no product that has been imported from non-EU countries should be allowed into the EU if it doesn’t meet the necessary technical conditions and safety standards.
Carols at maximum volume, is it allowed?
One of the most common complaints throughout the year is noise among neighbours in a community. But now that Christmas is approaching, this problem grows, as many homes are filled with Christmas carols. And although everyone tends to be a little more flexible at this time of the year, the reality is that not everything goes just because it’s Christmas.
If you find yourself dealing with constant noise, the best thing to do is to try to resolve the problem amicably with your neighbour. If you can’t reach an agreement, you should inform the president of the community so that he or she can officially ask the person in question to keep the noise down during the festivities. Another solution is to contact the local police. They will bring a sound level meter and measure the noise levels to check whether the permitted decibels are being exceeded. If this is the case, disciplinary proceedings will be opened and the offender will be fined.
In short, the subject of Christmas in communities should be treated with caution in order to ensure that all neighbours are comfortable in their own homes. If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact Mediterráneo Fincas, specialists in property management.