Items in the stairwell: Preserving safety and order

Welcome to the blog of Hochheiden Property Management, your reliable partner for real estate management. The staircase is more than just a pathway between floors; it is a central component of the residential building that should combine safety, order, and aesthetics. In particular, the question of which items are allowed to be placed in the staircase often sparks discussions among residents. In this post, we aim to clarify how you can ensure safety and order in the staircase without compromising the quality of living.

The importance of keeping stairwells clear

Keeping stairwells clear is essential for several reasons:

  • Safety: In emergencies, especially in the event of a fire, the stairwell serves as an escape route. Objects can block escape routes and thus become a danger.

  • Order and cleanliness: An overcrowded stairwell can give the impression of disorder and make cleaning difficult.

  • Aesthetics: A tidy stairwell contributes to the overall positive impression of the building.

What can be placed in the stairwell?

In principle, escape and rescue routes must always be clear. However, in some cases, small items may be tolerated as long as they do not compromise safety and are agreed upon with other residents. Here are some guidelines:

  • Shoes: Individual pairs directly in front of the apartment door are often tolerated as long as they do not block the way.

  • Baby carriages: In some buildings, there are special areas for baby carriages to ensure safety.

  • Bicycles: Bicycles should generally be stored in designated bicycle storage areas or outside the building.

  • Decorations: Smaller, non-flammable decorations on the apartment door are usually allowed but should be used with caution and consideration.

Measures to ensure safety and order

  • Clear regulations: The house rules should contain clear guidelines on what can and cannot be placed in the stairwell.

  • Communication: An open dialogue between residents and the property management can help avoid misunderstandings and find common solutions.

  • Offer alternatives: Providing suitable storage options for bicycles, baby carriages, etc., to meet the needs of residents.


The stairwell plays an important role in the safety, order, and well-being of a residential building. Clear regulations and communication regarding what can be placed in the stairwell help avoid conflicts and create a pleasant living environment for everyone. The Hochheiden Property Management is here to help you create harmonious and safe living environments in your properties.

Do you have questions about designing the house rules or need assistance in dealing with challenges in the stairwell? Contact us - we are here to help you with our expertise and experience.