Forum: Residents should have some latitude to place items in front of the front door, Forum News & Top Stories


I am referring to the letter from Mr. Martin Frois and the accompanying photo (Common area treated as its own backyard, December 3).

Since the Housing Board apartments have existed, their occupants have used the space in front of their door to store their personal effects.

I see nothing wrong with this practice as long as these items are tidy (as shown in Mr. Frois’ photo) and not smelly, noisy, dangerous or flammable, and a safe passage is cleared so that people can use it in case of emergencies.

In cities where real estate is very expensive, people should have some leeway and flexibility to place personal items in front of their front door.

For a very long time, apartment and condominium residents have learned to “live and let live” and to be tolerant of neighbors who have hobbies or needs.

Any changes to the rules governing common spaces should be carefully considered as they will not only affect millions of HDB residents but, by extension, also people living in high rise buildings.

I have even heard of overzealous condo management staff forbidding placing shoe cabinets outside the door even if the passage was not blocked.

For hygienic reasons, items such as shoe cabinets, incense burners, potted plants, linens, and perhaps even a quiet bird in a cage should be allowed to be placed outside. of the apartment rather than inside.

Life would indeed be very bleak if the majority of us had to live by rigid and squarely enforced rules on common spaces when, over the decades of HDB’s existence, residents have been able to meet the needs of others. .

Leslie CC Lim


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