Will Victoria’s pro-Airbnb ruling affect NSW

Will Victoria’s pro-Airbnb ruling affect NSW

Last Friday, the Victorian Supreme court ruled that owners corporations in that state did not have the right to ban short-stay lets, which is a major blow to any unit block hoping to keep holiday lets and weekend party animals out of their homes. Victorian rulings don’t apply in NSW, but the Judge noted in […]

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Unit living: You never had it so good

Unit living: You never had it so good

In the great welter of anti-apartment material that has been published over the years, the minor, humorous whinge about the difficulties of living in flats that appeared in Fairfax online last week was barely a blip on the radar. But something got under my skin and I couldn’t help but respond.  So far, so self-indulgent.  […]

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Roundup: Sitting on defence

Roundup: Sitting on defence

OK, I admit it.  I am obsessed with apartments.  And, considering that I spend every day and most of my nights wading through your problems and complaints, I should be immune to casual criticism of apartment living. But, no.  The hackles go up and even when a colleague takes a swing at our chosen lifestyle, […]

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Apartment gripes – an obsessive responds

Apartment gripes – an obsessive responds

It’s always a bit disappointing when you read the same old anti-apartment prejudices trotted out … especially when it comes from a colleague (albeit in a light-hearted vein).. Am I too sensitive?  Am I obsessed? Probably both but I read THIS PIECE online this week and, as much as dog really shouldn’t eat dog, I had to at […]

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Cat-nipped: Pet sitter caught with his pants down

Cat-nipped: Pet sitter caught with his pants down

This isn’t strictly speaking a Flat Chat story but it has everything else – pets, sex, apartments, a New Yorker in Australia, smartphones, technology … so we just had to have a link to it. The gist of it is that a young New Yorker left her kitty in the care of an acquaintance but didn’t tell […]

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Dangers of buying in the worst block on the best street

Dangers of buying in the worst block on the best street

When you imagine a badly run building where poor management is depressing property values, I bet you don’t think of some of our city’s more salubrious suburbs. But, reviewing a piece we published last year about how to spot a bad unit block, we unearthed  this little cry from the heart from an owner in […]

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Roundup: now with added Apples (OK … iPhones)

Roundup: now with added Apples (OK … iPhones)

I am having great difficulty writing this, mainly because I have my fingers crossed.  I think I have finally fixed the problem with iPhones, ipads and smartphones that meant you couldn’t click on the links below and go straight to the related Forum posts. If it’s working, hooray and welcome to our world.  If it’s […]

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Apps, chats and stats drive strata revolution

Apps, chats and stats drive strata revolution

Just in time for the new laws allowing online meeting and votes, Jimmy Thomson learns about a strata management revolution promised in a $16 million joint effort. Smartphone apps that transmit requests for repairs directly to building managers, interactive electronic notice boards in apartment block lobbies and online portals that allow issues to be discussed and […]

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Window of opportunity as safety laws loom

Window of opportunity as safety laws loom

The big day, July 1, came and went with the proposed changes to the strata Act still in abeyance until November 30, as was announced this week. However, March 13, 2018 is another date you should write on your whiteboard.  It may seem like a long way off but it’s the deadline for strata schemes […]

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Strata law changes date set – catch up with the chat

Strata law changes date set – catch up with the chat

The new strata laws are due to come in on November 30.  Well, most of them – we won’t see the developers defects bond until next July at the earliest. Needless to say, over the past four years there has been a lot of discussion on the new strata laws here on Flat Chat. So if […]

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