Living in a housing society isn’t always a cakewalk, it comes with its share of ups and downs. And being an active member of the Management Committee (MC) holds a lot of responsibilities – from making sure the society is safe all year round to ensure its smooth functioning – there are many tasks and problems that crop up uninvited and needs one’s attention.
While some of these problems appear in the most unexpected time, a few of them are recurring issues in the lives of those who live in housing societies such as parking issues, water shortage, noisy neighbours, garbage disposal issue and so on.
Most of the time, problems arise because of a lack of communication between the committee members and residents and because societies still manage tasks manually – leading to errors and inconsistency. However, with better planning and a proactive attitude, society issues can be resolved without it reaching a boiling point.
Here are a few common problems faced by residents of housing societies:
Noisy neighbours: Life in gated communities is not always peaceful. Sometimes, apartments can get overly disturbing with children playing in corridors, bachelors partying and playing loud music at odd hours and unruly neighbours getting into arguments with security guards, littering the apartment premises and so on. All this can get frustrating for other residents, especially, if no heed is given even after several complaints. MC members should highlight the housing society rules on the noticeboard. In case of an intolerable offence and if he or she is a habitual offender, the society has the right to penalise, rebuked or even evict the individual.
Problems in a housing society can either appear uninvited or are recurring. However, with a little cooperation from both parties (residents and MC), residential societies can solve every problem amicably without having local authorities interfere. Try resolving an issue with face-to-face communication, if that doesn’t help, a formal written complaint can ease out most of these issues without noise. Approaching local authorities should be your last and final resort.