Tips for Being Considerate During COVID-19 Isolation
We’ve all heard the phrase “adjusting to a new normal”. It has quickly become one of the most prominent catchphrases associated with the coronavirus pandemic— and for good reason. The way we work, socialize, and live our daily lives has drastically changed.
We are all redefining our routines and doing our best to grin and bear the current situation.
For condo owners, specifically, this has come with some unique challenges. Neighbours are now home all day long, children are going stir crazy from being cooped up in their units, and everyone is at a heightened state of alertness— factors that can contribute to an increase in disputes and complaints.
For this reason, we’ll be sharing some condo living tips that can help tenants reside together in harmony during COVID-19 isolation.
How Alberta Condo Owners Can Be Considerate of One Another During COVID-19
Be Respectful of Quiet Hours
In Edmonton and Calgary, bylaws prohibit excessive noise between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. on weekdays (10 p.m. to 9 a.m. on weekends in Calgary).
It is important for all condominium dwellers to be cognizant of these hours. Many individuals are working or educating their children from home, while others may be essential workers with irregular hours.
COVID-19 and condo living is impacting each tenant differently. Thus, it’s important to adhere to applicable noise bylaws and show respect for your neighbours whose schedules may be different than yours.
Keep Common Areas Tidy
Now that condo owners are spending the majority of their time in their units, common areas can quickly become unkempt and littered.
Pet owners, for example, may be taking their animals for walks and bathrooms breaks throughout the day. When owners do not pick up after their pets, outdoor spaces can become unsightly and unusable.
Garbage bins, mailbox areas, and storage locations may overflow or become cluttered in less time than usual.
This can be combated with extra care from residents. Simply taking the time to pick up after pets, or carrying garbage back to your unit rather than using common trash basins, can contribute to a cleaner, more enjoyable environment for all.
Report Any Activity That Could Put Tenants at Risk
This is one of the most crucial COVID-19 tips for condo owners. Social gatherings of 15 people or more, including the use of common areas like swimming pools and fitness centers, are prohibited at this time.
Additionally, any resident that is not following hygiene policies could put their entire condominium community at risk.
This is why residents are encouraged to directly report any high-risk behaviours to their condo association.
The only way to maintain a healthy environment for all unit owners is for residents to be proactive in identifying risks and notifying the appropriate authorities.
Maintain Your Distance
Elevators, stairwells, waiting areas, and parkades can all become crowded, especially during peak hours.
Protect yourself and your fellow residents during COVID-19 isolation by adhering to the rules of physical distancing (approximately two metres).
If there is someone in the elevator already, take the stairs (if possible). If someone is standing next to your car, wait for them to leave before approaching.
These simple precautions can help curb the spread of the coronavirus and keep your condominium community safe.
If you are a smoker, it is important to follow the rules set forth by your condo board at all times.
But in addition to following applicable rules, it’s also advisable to remember that your neighbours may not be fond of the fumes, or of finding cigarette butts where they shouldn’t be.
If smoking on your balcony is permitted, be sure to use a proper disposal unit when discarding your butts. Never, ever stub out your cigarettes in plants or flick them over your balcony.
If your condo association does not permit smoking on the premises, abide by these restrictions and go for a walk or drive when smoking.
It is also recommended that condo owners keep windows closed when possible to limit the traveling of fumes, odors, and other airborne contaminants that may impact neighbouring properties.
Determining When to Make a Complaint
Part of being considerate of your neighbours is knowing when an issue is a one-time occurrence and when it is an on-going problem that requires immediate attention.
To help residents take the appropriate measures, we recommend asking the following questions:
- How many times has this issue/behavior occurred?
- Have I politely brought the matter to my neighbour’s attention? Either by writing a letter or speaking to the individual in person?
- Are there other residents who have witnessed or been affected by the issue?
- Has your condo association been notified of the problem in the past? Did they take action?
- Do you have any evidence (video, previous emails, etc) that you can provide to substantiate your complaint?
Having your answers to these questions prepared in advance will help your condo association determine the right disciplinary action to take. It will also ensure the issue is resolved within a reasonable time frame.
Do you have questions regarding COVID-19 and condo living? If so, reach out to us today. We’d be happy to provide you with any additional information you require.