Roundup: Bullies in the block

Roundup: Bullies in the block

One of the fundamental problems with living in strata is the fact that we can’t get away from our neighbours and if they decide to make our lives more difficult, we find it very hard to ignore. We have two examples this week of people who feel they are being bullied and want to know […]

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Out of luck when strata by-laws ban pets

Out of luck when strata by-laws ban pets

In all the kerfuffle over the new strata regulations, pet by-laws predictably got their fair share of column inches, internet clicks and confusion. To be clear, there are two new model pet by-law options on offer and they are really just options available to developers when they set up a new strata scheme. If you […]

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Roundup: Different strokes for strata folks

Roundup: Different strokes for strata folks

It’s been a big week here in StrataLand, with the release of the regulations to go along with the new NSW strata laws that are due to come in on November 30 (elsewhere on this page). Oddly enough, two people on the same day told me that they assumed that other states’ strata legislation would take NSW’s […]

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The trouble with tenants (it’s us)

The trouble with tenants (it’s us)

There are two major problems with tenants.  Firstly, we treat them with contempt and disdain and then wonder why some of them – a tiny minority – behave badly. Then we keep telling them that they have failed in life if they don’t own a house.  I use the word “house” advisedly because our politicians […]

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Strata regs: The legals have landed

Strata regs: The legals have landed

The new strata regulations are with us and it is interesting to see what kind of flesh they have put on the bones of the impending strata law reforms. Regulations are the nuts and bolts of strata law and, as in everything else in life, the devil is in the detail.  For instance, the law allows for […]

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Roundup: Fear and loathing on the Forum

Roundup: Fear and loathing on the Forum

The Forum has been busy this week with a variety of questions: straight, curly and occasionally just a little bit crazy. What do you do when your committee ignores an order from NCAT.  That’s HERE. Why it’s important to tell us where you are living (and please don’t say Hell – we’ve heard it all […]

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Tenants Union hits 40

Tenants Union hits 40

Over the past few years, we have been grateful to Tenants Union for the advice offered on their website. We haven’t always agreed on everything but we’re glad they’re around. Admittedly their information is directed at  renters and our readers tend to be owners, despite the fact that more than half the residents of strata are renting […]

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Don’t panic: strata changes explained

Don’t panic: strata changes explained

Confused about the new legislation?  Scared, even? Why wouldn’t you be – there are 90 different changes to NSW strata laws, plus all the regulations on top of that, ranging from collective (read ‘forced’) sales of units to by-laws limiting on occupation numbers, and all due to come into force on November 30. It’s OK, help […]

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Proxy block: Get ready for online voting

Proxy block: Get ready for online voting

All over Strataland, you can hear the wails of distress as desperate proxy vote hoarders look into the abyss of the new laws and the introduction of electronic voting. On November 30 in NSW, proxy harvesting as we know it will end and individuals will be seriously restricted in the number of votes they can […]

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Where the noise upstairs really comes from

Where the noise upstairs really comes from

I think sometimes we maybe take ourselves a bit too seriously.  Having said that, the above video was sent to us by a long-time Flatchatter who has the unique distinction of having taken the landlords of the apartment above his to court to get them to stop the neighbours making noise. When his committee, strata […]

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