Roundup: Nitpickers set sights on strata laws

Roundup: Nitpickers set sights on strata laws

Every so often on Flat Chat, our readers get a bit nit-picky and we don’t get so many big sexy issues like ”my neighbour’s dog ate my cat” or ”can the guy upstairs park an army tank in his space?” (Answer: if he has an army tank he can pretty much do what he wants.) […]

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Ghost tenants make a myth of rental reform

Ghost tenants make a myth of rental reform

Resident owners paranoid about tenants taking over strata schemes don’t need to go to the barricades just yet. There’s a fairly massive hole in the government’s laudable plans to give tenants a voice in the running of unit blocks. No, it’s not that they won’t have a vote, or that they can be excluded from discussions […]

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Anti-holiday lets group gaining support

Anti-holiday lets group gaining support

Things are getting serious down in Victoria where the We Live Here  movement – set up to curb the unfettered spread of short-term lets into residential apartment blocks – has launched a change.org petition against short term letting in residential buildings. This is the link to it. “It can also be accessed via our website at: www.welivehere.net and we […]

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Roundup: Non-owner neighbour rules block

Roundup: Non-owner neighbour rules block

There’s a late arrival on the Flat Chat Forum this week and it’s a cracker. A committee member who isn’t even an owner and lives in the block next door – he’s nominated by his daughter – gives the strata manager instructions without consulting the committee and generally runs the building as his own fiefdom.  […]

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Pet restrictions up the garden path

Pet restrictions up the garden path

With slightly pet-friendlier by-laws to be included in the new strata legislation, some animal-free apartment blocks are worried that they are about to be over-run by schnoodles, spoodles and labradoodles. Pets are becoming more popular in units – with good reason – but, asks one reader, can you limit the kind of units in which […]

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Forum roundup: Parking, pets and puffing

Forum roundup: Parking, pets and puffing

It seems the new strata laws can’t come soon enough for the Flat Chat faithful. Our readers have been champing at the bit this week, wanting to know when the new regulations are coming in and what they might mean. Typically, parking and pets are at the top of the agenda.  Here’s a selection of […]

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Free course – become a strata guru

Free course – become a strata guru

Ever thought you could do a better job than your strata manager? One way to find out what it takes could be to take the free course Sydney TAFE is offering  to anyone interested in a basic introduction to Strata and Community Title management. As well as providing the basic concepts of legal and statutory requirements, consumer […]

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Strata voting goes hi-tech – and old school – in new regs

Strata voting goes hi-tech – and old school – in new regs

Flat Chat with Jimmy Thomson A significant lurch towards strata democracy was revealed last week with proposed regulations allowing participation in meetings by people who need not be in the same country, let alone the same room. They include discussion by telephone and video conferencing as well as voting by email, text, snail mail and […]

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Flat Chat Live roundup

Flat Chat Live roundup

The Flat Chat column’s recent seminar, Flat Chat Live, saw somewhere north of 120 people turn up in central Sydney 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. Between us we powered through most of the […]

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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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