And the answer is … Flat Chat Live

And the answer is … Flat Chat Live

Flat Cat live went tremendously well – at least I thought so. Somewhere north of 120 people turned up last Saturday (April 30th) to hear a cavalcade of experts discuss a huge variety of issues at the Strata Community Australia Owners Day –  and I got to tell my strata manager joke. We –  Matthew  Jenkins […]

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Forum faves: Cat lovers persecuted by dog owner – and the psycho next door

Forum faves: Cat lovers persecuted by dog owner – and the psycho next door

Aaah, the wonderful world of strata.  I found some old Flat Chat columns on my computer today, going back almost 12 years , and guess what? We are still talking about basically the same issues. Even so, there’s always a new twist as we discover different ways to drive our neighbours insane. Here’s a selection of […]

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Forum Roundup: Developer backs down

Forum Roundup: Developer backs down

The Flat Chat Forum is a hotbed of debate and discussion, with everything from recalcitrant developers to DIY renovators.  Here’s your instant weekly roundup of hot topics and cool advice on the Forum. RESULT: The developer trying to prevent defect checks backs down after the story appears in Flat Chat.  That’s HERE. What do you do when […]

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Pool safety rules get the sitcom solution

Pool safety rules get the sitcom solution

Apartment owners in blocks with swimming pools have been thrown a lifeline. New swimming pool safety regulations, due to come in later this month, remove the proposed ban on selling or letting flats in strata buildings that have no pool safety certificates. And, in a bureaucratic side-step worthy of sitcoms like Yes Minister and The […]

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Kids stuff: Fun and games on the Forum

Kids stuff: Fun and games on the Forum

The Flatchat faithful have been wrestling with a variety of topics on your behalf in the past week. As ever, there is a range of opinions; some rock solid, some wishful thinking and a couple just totally nuts … Kids on Common Property: Some people think kids playing outside on driveways is good – at least they’re […]

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A ‘wee’ noise problem keeps strata owner awake

A ‘wee’ noise problem keeps strata owner awake

We all have to put up with some level of neighbour noise in apartments, but it shouldn’t be anything that disturbs us or, even worse, keeps us awake at night. But that’s exactly the “wee” problem afflicting one of our readers. “In the last six months, I haven’t had a solid night’s sleep as the […]

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Hot air and cold facts as Sydney chills out with Airbnb

Hot air and cold facts as Sydney chills out with Airbnb

A Tribunal decision on Airbnb lets in Melbourne has sent a chill through permanent residents of apartment blocks here in Sydney but it also created a wave of optimism, if not opportunism, among both tenants and owners who are drawn to the idea of renting their homes to tourists. The Victorian Civil Administration Tribunal had ruled that […]

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Hot topics in the Forum

Hot topics in the Forum

It’s been another busy week on the Forum with all sorts of curly questions coming our way and, of course, the collective wisdom of the Flat Chat brains trust casting light into the darker corners of strata living. Will a local council pay any attention to an owners corp if an owner wants to run […]

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Developer trying to block defects checks

Developer trying to block defects checks

When you are a new owner in a new building, it’s hard not to be suspicious of decisions that could cost you a lot of money. “The building is just over a year old and the executive committee raised a substantial special levy to get legal advice and an independent building defect inspection at the […]

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Flat Chat Live and Trivia Night

Flat Chat Live and Trivia Night

Two major strata events are on the horizon.  OK, they are major for me … but you might be interested too. First cab off the rank (or should it be ‘UberX out of the driveway’?) is Strata Community Australia’s (SCA) Owners Day on April 30th, which sees a return of Flat Chat Live, hosted by […]

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