Roundup: Flat out on the Forum

Roundup: Flat out on the Forum

Well, the advent of the new strata laws did make a difference – the number of visitors to this website went up by about 10 percent in the past week. So welcome all you newbies and welcome back all you oldies.  The next year is going to be interesting, enlightening and, dare I say it, […]

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Rents through the roof in Airbnb hot spots

Rents through the roof in Airbnb hot spots

By Jimmy Thomson Rents in Sydney’s hottest Airbnb hotspots are soaring by up to five times as much as city averages, an analysis of housing costs reveals. And ordinary tenants are being driven out of some of the city’s formerly renter-friendly suburbs as landlords switch from residential rentals to holiday lets, according to real estate […]

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Strata laws need a sanity clause

Strata laws need a sanity clause

Did the earth move for you on Wednesday?  Or was the long-awaited arrival of a raft of new strata laws just another day at the office? To be honest, the enactment of the belated Strata Schemes Management Act (2015) was always intended to be a seamless transition.  And it’s not like we are having to […]

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New laws on strata levies and capital works

New laws on strata levies and capital works

The new NSW strata legislation requires owners to ‘actively consider’ how they want their future maintenance and capital works to be funded. Flat Chat sponsors Lannock Finance explain why setting aside money over several years or, even worse, calling for special levies is rarely the best way to get the job done. The new legislation […]

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Roundup: Shock of the new

Roundup: Shock of the new

I hate to blow my own trumpet but I’m hearing lots of reports that people are turning up at strata committee meetings and being hand a copy of my “21 new strata laws …” article – which is incredibly gratifying (and just a little bit concerning). Anyway, come Thursday we will all be living in […]

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Strata dwellers – lab rats for society?

Strata dwellers – lab rats for society?

Is your nose twitching more than usual these days? Whiskers growing out past your ears?  I ask because I get the feeling that strata residents are lab rats for the rest of society. Let’s take smoking, for example.  In the new laws coming in at the end of this month, for the first time smoking […]

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Smoking zones planned for apartment blocks

Smoking zones planned for apartment blocks

Sydney’s unit blocks may soon get a feature they will share with pubs’ pokie parlours, as well as some overseas international airports. Apartment owners will soon be able to set up smoking zones on common property. The proposed zones are a sop to smokers who might otherwise be banned in a crackdown on smoke drift […]

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21 strata law changes you really need to know

21 strata law changes you really need to know

By Jimmy Thomson There are more than 90 changes to the strata laws that come into force in NSW on November 30.  Here are the 21 that will affect you in ways you might actually notice. Forced sales The big ticket item in the strata law changes, the government prefers to call this “collective sales” […]

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Roundup: The times – and strata crimes – are a-changin’

Roundup: The times – and strata crimes – are a-changin’

The times are certainly changing .  Not only has Bob Dylan won a Nobel Prize but there are only seven more sleeps until strata law changes in NSW make all our lives so much easier … or not. OK, I admit that was a stretch (so I could get a picture to go with this piece) […]

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MPs reject pro-airbnb laws

MPs reject pro-airbnb laws

The tide appears to be turning on the apparently frantic rush to make unrestricted apartment holiday letting the norm in Australia. The upper house in the Victorian parliament has rejected a Bill that would have opened all apartment blocks to holiday lets, regardless of the wishes of the vast majority of the strata schemes’ owners. […]

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