Use of communal areas
Ensuring that the property is a comfortable and pleasant place in which to live largely depends on how well the building’s communal spaces and outside areas are looked after. The first impression of a residential area, a building and its residents is formed from these areas adjoining your apartment.
Stairwells and lift
Stairwells and lifts are the most used areas of an apartment building. However, they are not suitable places to meet or play.
For fire safety reasons belongings may only be stored in areas reserved for the purpose. The stairwell, for example, is not the place to store pushchairs.
The outside doors of the stairwell usually have electric locks which lock at night. After this anyone using the door should make sure that it is locked behind them.
The Tobacco Act and the rules and regulations for the building prohibit smoking in all the communal and public areas of the property, including the lifts.
Smoking is also prohibited inside the apartments. The cost of repairing damage caused by smoking in contravention of this ban will be payable by the tenant to VAV.
Separate storage space is provided in apartment buildings for outdoor equipment such as bicycles and skis. Many buildings also have storage space for pushchairs.
These storage areas are not a playground. Everyone is responsible for ensuring that the doors are kept locked.
Each apartment has a separate storage space which tenants are responsible for locking themselves. If the building has separate lockable cold cellar storage space, the tenants are responsible for locking their own storage space.
No petrol canisters, gas or other flammable materials may be kept indoors.