Within SSSB we refer both of 'communal areas' – i.e. laundry-rooms, stairwells, pram rooms, etc. – and 'communal function-rooms', which can be meeting-rooms, exercise-rooms or a sauna.
We are proud to be able to say that there are few landlords who make so many and such large areas available to their tenants for their benefit and pleasure as we do. All of us must, however, take a common responsibility for our buildings, courtyards, apartments and other premises so that we can continue to utilise them in the future.
Animals and smoking are naturally not allowed in any of our communal areas. The ban on smoking also applies to stairwells, attics, vestibules, bicycle and pram rooms.
It is prohibited to store bicycles, furniture, prams and other objects in basement aisles, entrances and passageways, which are then blocked. They are an obstacle both for you and your fellow tenants. They are also a problem for those working on the property and can block access for paramedics and firefighters in the event of an accident. Bearing in mind the potential risk for fire and burglary, attic and basement doors must be kept shut. This is especially important when it comes to fire doors. Apartment storerooms must be locked even if they are not being used.
Communal kitchens and other communal areas
Tenants living in student rooms without cooking facilities share some communal areas, such as a kitchen, the hallway/corridor and sometimes even a WC and bathroom. In the kitchen you get your own shelf or part of cupboards, fridges and freezers. Please note that you must bring your own kitchen utensils.
SSSB spring-cleans the communal areas once a year for the benefit of corridor room tenants. The tenants themselves are otherwise responsible for cleaning these areas on a regular basis. Cleaning materials and tools are to be acquired by the tenants themselves.
If you need help in organising the responsibility for cleaning etc., in your corridor, please contact your house caretaker.
Read more about cleaning advice »
It is important to know that it is forbidden for tenants to connect up refrigerators/washing machines or dishwashers in communal areas. This increases electricity consumption and we may have to raise the rent to cover the costs. It may also cause the electricity network to overload, since the wiring in the property is designed for a specific electricity consumption. Damage caused by tenants incorrectly connecting up electrical appliances is not covered by their home insurance.
Read about the furniture in communal areas »
Communal function rooms
Communal function-rooms are premises that tenants take care of together. The number and type of communal function-rooms available differ in the various buildings, depending on how much space is available and what the tenants want. Examples of communal function-rooms include:
- Assembly rooms
In order for tenants to have access to communal function-rooms in the building, there must be an active local tenants' association. The association board, elected by the tenants living in the property, establishes rules for using the communal function rooms. PLEASE NOTE! If there is no active association, SSSB may close the communal function-rooms until another association is set up.
Read more about local tenants’ associations »
Bicycle and pram rooms
There are bicycle and pram rooms in many of our properties so that tenants don't have to store such articles inside their apartments. These areas are only intended for the temporary storage of bicycles and prams in use. They must not become places where people store old things they don't use anymore but which 'might come in handy some day'.
Our house caretakers clear out these areas once a year. Unmarked bicycles and other items are then removed. If no-one claims these items within six months, they are sent for recycling.
Mopeds and motorcycles must not be put in the bicycle rooms, but must be stored outside.
All tenants have access to a laundry-room very close to the building in which they live. The laundry-rooms are designed in accordance with how many apartments are expected to use them. The machines must be well maintained if they are to work well and for a long time. Please follow the instructions for using the machines carefully. If you are unsure about anything, please contact your house caretaker.
Wires from women's bras that become detached and get stuck in the machine are the most common cause of malfunction. Make sure you put wired bras in a washing-bag when you wash them in the machine.
You must leave the laundry-room clean and tidy after use. Please leave the laundry-room, drying-room and mangle-room in the same state as you would like to find it.
Sweep the floor and wipe the machines and benches when you have finished. The cleaner will replace the rubbish bags.
If you discover a fault in any of the laundry equipment, please contact your house caretaker as soon as possible. When you report a fault, it is important for you to specify which machine is not working properly, what the problem is and when it occurred (e.g. during which laundry programme and at what temperature you noticed something wrong). This makes troubleshooting and repair much easier.
When you have reported a fault in a machine, put a note with the date on it both on the machine itself and on the notice board. This will bring your neighbour's attention to the problem and inform him/her that you have already reported the fault. Naturally, our personnel always try to rectify faults as soon as possible. Sometimes, however, there may be a delay waiting for spare parts or due to something else out of our control.
As in all our communal areas, animals and smoking are not allowed in our laundry-rooms.
Courtyards and gardens
The ground area surrounding the building is normally part of the property. Playground apparatus and other equipment, plants and flowers are there for the well-being of the residents. For everyone's sake and to keep the ground and plants in good condition, we all need to cooperate to avoid unnecessary damage to the external environment. Newly planted flowers and newly sown lawns are particularly sensitive, but we should naturally take good care of all flowers, bushes and trees.
It is nice to have a clean and attractive housing area. Keep the area tidy by putting litter in the litter-bins provided. Dog owners must pick up the dog's excrements.
It is forbidden to park on SSSB land apart from in designated parking spaces. No-one wants to see their courtyard transformed into a car-park!
You may, however, drive your car into the area if you have heavy goods (e.g. furniture) to load or unload. Our own service vehicles, contractors and emergency vehicles are of course exempt from this rule. The same rules apply to other motor vehicles, such as motorcycles and mopeds.