Holidays are usually synonymous with good cheer, smiles, and a festive atmosphere—but occasionally, they can be the cause of friction and ill will as well. When people of various faiths and traditions all live in the same high-rise building or HOA, rules and aesthetics for holiday decorating have to take into account the whole community—not just those members who happen to be a part of the dominant culture. Good boards and managers tread carefully and are mindful of their associations' diverse residents when it comes to mapping out policy for holiday decorating in common areas such as lobbies, garages, hallways and balconies.
In cooperative buildings and condominiums, intense conflicts often arise when it comes to figuring out the level and aesthetics of holiday decorating in common areas such as lobbies, garages, hallways and balconies.
When people of various religions all live in the same high-rise building or community development, holiday decorating has to please everyone’s customs and traditions, which is a very difficult task.
In Illinois, there are no statewide rulings about how much is too much, how religious is too religious and how long is too long to keep up those holiday lights or decorations.
So it all must be decided and regulated by cooperative and condominium boards. In an effort to keep everyone happy, many of the management companies suggest that boards have formal decorating policies related to holiday décor.