New strata laws hammer DIY renos

New strata laws hammer DIY renos

As new strata laws free up the regulations on renovations, can we expect a fresh wave of ‘DIY-itis’ in our apartment blocks? Maybe the opposite is true. New definitions of cosmetic, minor and major renovations may allow us to make small changes to our apartments, but they could be bad news for hobby renovators who […]

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QUIZ: 20 questions on the new strata laws

QUIZ: 20 questions on the new strata laws

The new strata laws for NSW are are only two months away.  So what’s changed?  If you think “not much” you could be in for a rude shock.  Have a go at our quiz and discover if you need to upgrade your knowledge. by

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Roundup: Law and order – strata style

Roundup: Law and order – strata style

You’ve probably heard that the new strata laws will do away with the silly rule that meant, strictly speaking, you had to get a special resolution by-law to hammer a nail into a common property wall. But did you know that, for the first time, they outline the procedures you must go through if you want […]

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Fast-tracked strata disputes first go in-house

Fast-tracked strata disputes first go in-house

Dispute resolution in NSW strata schemes is about to get a lot easier.  Whether it will be better remains to be seen. Under the new strata laws, due to begin in December, the preliminary paper adjudication at the Tribunal (NCAT) will be scrapped and all disputes will go straight to a hearing. Over the years […]

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Time we banned strata management cowboys

Time we banned strata management cowboys

  I was at the launch of a new strata management venture recently and one of the senior executives said to me: “You’re not as angry as you used to be.  You’ve changed.” “No,” I replied, “You have.” And it’s true.  Since I started writing Flat Chat 12 years ago the strata management industry has […]

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Roundup: Short-stay concerns for stars in flats

Roundup: Short-stay concerns for stars in flats

I was wondering this week about how some of the more famous residents of apartment buildings in touristy spots might feel if the parliamentary committee looking into the holiday letting laws proposes legislation that allows short-stay lets in apartment buildings, regardless of their by-laws. Some of them, at least, aren’t likely to be too happy about bumping […]

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Minister moves to curb forced sales fears

Minister moves to curb forced sales fears

Apartment owners forced to sell their units under new strata laws could lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in a controversial West Connex style value gap, it has been claimed. Shadow Minister for strata issues, Yasmin Catley, says home owners should be given what they would have accepted if they had willingly sold, and has […]

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New laws – new seminar

New laws – new seminar

With the new strata laws just over the horizon, a number of strata professionals and community groups are organizing information events. The next Uber off the rank is an Owners Corporation Network seminar which will cover, among the 90 changes to strata law that come into effect on November 30, such topics as: new approvals […]

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How to beat strata bullies

How to beat strata bullies

We know all about school bullies, workplace bullies and cyberbullies, but what about StrataBullies making residents’ lives miserable in apartments blocks. They could be rogue owners determined to have their way, despite what the by-laws say.  Or, in a nightmare scenario, they could have bullied their way on to the strata committee, belittling anyone and […]

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Roundup:  Let’s hear it for strata’s unsung heroes

Roundup: Let’s hear it for strata’s unsung heroes

I was on the radio the other day and got a couple of calls from, let’s call them mature ladies, who live in small unit blocks and who have been pretty much left to run the place because no one else is interested. One of them was seriously concerned that she was having to make […]

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