Forced sales – a chance to have your say

The spectre of aged residents being hauled off  to retirement homes, kicking and screaming, so that rapacious developers can turn their old apartment blocks into something shiny and new, has dimmed slightly. Moves to change strata law have been postponed until just before the next state election in March and you have to wonder what […]

Sign up for some smart thinking

Baffled by by-laws?  Confused by committees? Mystified by the multiplicity of managers in strata?   Don’t worry – help is on the way. An abundance of experts are lining up to offer advice to strata residents, and among them are City of Sydney Council … as they should be. According to CoS,  75 percent of Sydney […]

Sydney schedules strata skills sessions

The following is a press release from City of Sydney: With City of Sydney residents now five times more likely to be living in an apartment than the national average, a series of free workshops will provide helpful tips on how to make the most of the high-rise lifestyle. The Strata Skills 101 workshops, organised […]

Make yourself heard

If information is knowledge and knowledge is power, then the Owners Corporation network is certainly powering up, gathering as much information as they can about what strata residents want and need. If you have an idle moment, go to THIS SURVEY before Thursday Aug 28 and click a few buttons. Your responses will help shape OCN’s […]

Wild Birds: Pets or pests?

Is an animal regularly fed and cared for by a strata owner a pet? Or is it maybe, in fact, a pest? “My strata has a by-law (‘rule’ in Victoria) that owners aren’t allowed to keep a pet of any kind,” says Petula on the Flat Chat Forum. “But what is a pet?  Does it have […]

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Tenants shut door on ‘open house’ inspections

A Melbourne couple’s objection to large numbers of prospective buyers coming through their rented home could curb ‘open house’ inspections in Victoria, especially, and even in NSW. According to a recent story in Fairfax Media, the Box Hill couple were told the property was being sold and they would have to allow open viewings as well […]

Things that go bonk in the night

You call an exorcist when you hear things that go bump in the night, but who do you call for things that go bonk during the day? “I am suffering from the constant banging of a bed on wall at all hours as my upstairs neighbours have sex,” writes Wizardofoz on the Flat Chat Forum. […]

Cop the rise or hit the road

Nobody likes rent increases  – no renter, at any rate – but when are increases fair and what can you do if they aren’t? “I was just notified of another rental increase of $10 to $440 effective in September,” says Nimrod23 HERE in the Forum. “The previous one was in November 2013. Do I have […]

Day traders’ crossed lines

A complaint from tenants that  their phone lines weren’t working has revealed that their rented flat was being used as an office  and they had been promised there would be two or three separate phone lines available. “A tradesman who the OC had to call out told us it contains  desks and a bank of about […]

Owner incensed by holy smoke

Ah, the gentle tinkle of a tiny temple bell, the whispered chant of a Buddhist  prayer, the barely visible thread of smoke from an incense stick.  What could be more relaxing? Oh, I forgot the yell from above:  “Put that bloody joss stick out!” I exaggerate, of course.  There was no yelling but there was […]