A first thing that strikes is sociality: 30% of those who share the same building actually meet in their free time. It is therefore not a matter of the very short moments in the elevator or on the driveway, but of occasions sought and organized to spend time together. In most cases these are friendships between two or more condominiums: only a few risk the condominium parties (2.4%) that involve everyone. 12.4% are involved in neighborhood activities (extraordinary cleaning of parks, for example, and other voluntary activities). Then there are the groups on Whatsapp: common chats whose use is very varied: organizing social events, sharing useful information for everyone and above all deciding whether to ask the administrator.In fact, the latter appears to be an indispensable reference point. In fact, 50% of the professionals interviewed say they are "fairly often" involved by its administrators and 46.8% "always". In almost all Italian buildings, in short, the relationship is very close. And only a minority, 3.6%, rarely hear condominiums.
However, being contacted often is not necessarily synonymous with good relationships. But in most cases (62.8%) administrators report that these are "good". There is however a 35% that describes how "complicated" the relationships with its administrates are.
But what are the most frequent reasons for which a condominium involves the administrator? More than half of the "squabbles" (55.2%) concern noises or unpleasant odors. In short, late-night heeled walks, high-volume TV or barbecue fumes flooding the neighbor. In second place, however, there is the argument that you do not expect: that related to pets. Dogs left alone barking or needs left not really where they should cause 35.2% of the fights. This type of dispute even exceeds that on the allocation of condominium expenses (25%) and on the allocation of parking (22.8%).
But administrators almost always manage to "put a piece". Once again: these are answers provided by the administrators themselves – not by those who contact them – but the Anammi survey shows that in 57.2% of cases the mediation succeeds and 35.6% of the sample say that the dispute is made up in half of the cases.
But the reality of Italian condominiums remains, in several cases, unpleasant to live. In fact, most of the administrators interviewed define the condominiums as "people sharing common spaces". A cold legal expression to refer to people who essentially ignore each other without quarreling or making friends. However, there is a 24.4% of professionals who claim to administer real "neighborhood communities" (hence the reference to free time and neighborhood activities) and 4% who have to work with "strangers" that barely stands ".
"There are realities that are almost familiar, others that are authentic battlefields," comments the president of Anammi Giuseppe Bica. "Our associates – he continues – are trained to implement specific mediation strategies but, to resolve these situations, it would be enough to have common sense on the part of those who argue. Unfortunately, on the contrary, they even end up in court discussing clothes hanging or high heels" .