Multifamily Holiday Celebrations Decking the Halls...and Lobbies

It’s that time of the year again – the Halloween candy is long gone; the Thanksgiving leftovers are a distant memory; and Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s are all approaching, complete with sparkly lights and ornaments, as well as a parade of parties and other festivities. Multifamily buildings – including condos, HOAs, and co-ops – are home to people of many backgrounds, faiths and cultural traditions, so it can sometimes be a little tricky to figure out the best way to observe major holidays. 

“Holiday decorations and observance need to be [perceived] as equal and fair,” says Bill Worrall, Vice President at FirstService Residential Florida. “Unless it is a religious community, then that needs to be exclusively delivered as is prudent.”

So what should you keep in mind for your own community as the holidays approach? Let’s take a look.

Check the Halls

Most people take things like putting up decorations or posting holiday announcements for granted, but in fact, those activities are governed by multiple levels of rules, regulations and sometimes laws. 

“It is common for community associations to have rules regulating what owners may hang, place or display on the exterior of residences,” says  Hubert Cutolo, an attorney at New Jersey-based law firm Cutolo Barros.  

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