Double trouble in disaster duplex

Double trouble in disaster duplex

Ask any strata manager what the worst job in their world is and they will tell you it’s not the massive multi-block monster with investors, owner residents and tenants, at each other’s throats and at war with a dysfunctional committee. No, it’s a duplex where one owner wants everything done their way and the other […]

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Roundup: The never-ending list of strata stupidities

Roundup: The never-ending list of strata stupidities

The thing about writing lists is that no sooner have you finished it than you want to add something else. My Flat Chat column in the Herald and AFR about the little things in strata that annoy you a lot, caught a few eyes and elicited some highly irritated  responses (which you can read HERE). […]

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Unit niggles:  Five little things that drive you nuts

Unit niggles:  Five little things that drive you nuts

We all know about the big issues in apartment living – pets, parties, parking, smoking and short-stay lets. But what about those little irritations – the ones that are no big deal but still drive you nuts? Here are a few minor gripes that might just push you or your angry neighbours over the edge. […]

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Roundup: Good Morning, Vietnam

Roundup: Good Morning, Vietnam

What has Vietnam got to do with strata in NSW?  Ummm … not a lot.  No … wait … the first person to buy a unit in Saigon under the new relaxed foreign ownership rules was an Aussie from Sydney. And modern high-rise apartments cost about a tenth of what they do here. Also, apparently, Vietnamese apartments […]

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Strata insurance just got a lot smarter

Strata insurance just got a lot smarter

It’s a staple joke in just about every cop show – don’t shoot him … it’s too much paperwork. We hate filling in forms, don’t we?  And as for the paperless office?  Whatever happened to that? Well, finally we may be making inroads with the advent of all the various apps you can get for […]

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Airbnb laws up in the  air

Airbnb laws up in the air

Chaos for short-stay hosts as Supreme Court rules, legislation stalls and minister resigns The whole future of who can rent out their Melbourne home to short-stay guests is up in the air this week with Victorian Supreme Court ruling against Airbnb hosts who sub-let their unit and the Minister behind legislation to allow short-term lets in […]

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Victoria opens door to party flats

Victoria opens door to party flats

Obviously, the following Flat Chat column was written before the events of last week in Victoria, which you can read about in our other featured story – JT. While NSW pollies are still wrestling with what to do about online short-term letting agencies like Airbnb, which are cool and groovy – until your apartment block […]

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Roundup:  When the developer just doesn’t get it

Roundup: When the developer just doesn’t get it

Buying an apartment is possibly the only commercial transaction in our lives where someone sells you something – usually for a lot of money – but thinks they still own it. However, it’s amazing how often developers of small unit blocks think they can take your money but keep complete control over the building, issuing contracts on […]

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Strata schemes accused of using ‘slave’ cleaners

Strata schemes accused of using ‘slave’ cleaners

  It started with a simple question to Flat Chat: Who is ultimately responsible for the cleaning contracts in apartment blocks? The answer revealed that thousands of strata schemes across NSW could be supporting the underpayment and exploitation of workers from overseas. According to a radio report going out this Sunday, June 5, some strata […]

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Roundup: How bad does your strata manager have to be?

Roundup: How bad does your strata manager have to be?

Did you know there is not a single instance (that we know of) of a strata manager losing their licence for being really bad at their job? Sure there have been a couple jailed for misusing funds.  But that’s fraud, plain and simple.  How about being told to stop calling yourself a strata manager because […]

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