Strata (non)Party wants your votes

With the NSW election looming, we thought we’d take a look at what the various parties have planned for strata residents. First up, there’s a new strata party, although officially it’s just a group. You have to register a political party a year before a vote so there will be just the letter H on […]

Huge support for micro-apartments as low-cost housing?

Did you notice the story about micro apartments being built as affordable housing in New York? Well, I submitted a follow-up (below) in the Herald’s online page and they ran a poll and … guess what? Out of more than 1000 respondents, 71 percent (at the last count) thought they were a good idea. These tiny […]

Quiz: Parking madness

Parking – along with pets and parties –  is one of the perennial three P problems in strata. In this entertaining, interactive quiz, Jimmy Thomson of Flat Chat tests your knowledge of parking laws both inside your unit block and out there in the “real world”. Click here to test your knowledge and find out […]

How boring old proxy farmers take over trendy new buildings

This article was originally posted on and the Sydney Morning Herald website. You can read more on the power and perils of proxy farming  here:  At best, it has been described as “boring old farts running trendy new buildings” but at worst it allows illegal short-term lets and overcrowding landlords to ride roughshod over council […]

Quiz: Pets and apartments

There’s another interactive quiz running over on our sister website  What’s the best dog for a unit?  Which state’s strata by-laws are most pet-friendly?  When can a tenant have a pet? Click HERE for a fun check on how animal savvy you really are.

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Who pays when a dog turns cat-killer?

Here’s a tragic tale to challenge pet lovers. A dog, which is not allowed to run free on common property, attacks a cat, also barred from wandering on to common areas.  Despite the vet’s bets efforts, the cat dies. Now, asks Flatchatter Matt, can his friend, the cat owner, sue the owners corporation for the […]

I have a complaint – no one’s complaining

It ever there was a group of people who deserved to be called the silent majority, it’s strata tenants. Tenants make up more than half the population of strata units but do they make half the noise?  I don’t think so and I wish tenants would complain more. See, when tenants have problems with neighbours, too […]

Time already up for new unit blocks

Owners who have just moved into brand new apartment buildings may have already missed the deadline for defect claims, according to strata experts, while others may have only weeks to make claims or risk missing out completely. Under the new Home Building Act which comes into force this week, claims for rectification of minor defects […]

Building defects objections too little, too late

The current wailing and gnashing of teeth about the new definition of building defects has come too late to do anything about what is fundamentally a government cave-in to developers and right-wing elements in parliament. As early as October this year, and again in December, we reported that the government was planning to strip away […]

QUIZ: Are you suited to apartment living

In the headlong rush to apartment living for all sorts of reasons other than it’s the kind of lifestyle you want, some people might be en route for an experience where they make themselves and their new neighbours miserable. On the other hand, you might fit right in and wonder why you never did it […]