Holiday letting report – what really happened

Holiday letting report – what really happened

If strata living is politics in its rawest form – and trust me, it can be – what really happened this week when the government responded to the Coure report on holiday letting, was the “art of the possible” in one of its purest manifestations. Out of the 12 recommendations that emerged from the inquiry […]

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Ministers step back from short-term letting report

Ministers step back from short-term letting report

The NSW Government has stepped back from a Parliamentary report into proposed regulations for Airbnb-style online holiday letting agencies and will produce a position paper next month, following broader consultation with stakeholders and the community. The government had been due to table a positions paper on Wednesday April 18, in response to a report into […]

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My new novel – it even has a strata angle

My new novel – it even has a strata angle

I was going to start this example of shameless self-promotion by apologising for the fact that this novel has nothing to do with strata living. But wait. There’s a man dying in a lift and the young woman who’s trying to save him is the daughter of an owner whom he is suing over some imagined […]

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Last word on new short-term letting laws

Last word on new short-term letting laws

Actually, that heading is a bit misleading, if not wildly hopeful.  The NSW government is due any day to table its response to the Coure inquiry into holiday letting, the most prominent manifestation of which is Airbnb. This morning Radio National ran a track about the proposed laws in which yours truly was quoted extensively. […]

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Roundup:  Strata rogue and an offer you CAN refuse

Roundup: Strata rogue and an offer you CAN refuse

Remember the rogue developer who is basically making up the rules as he goes? Apparently this chump has now sold enough units to trigger the first AGM but thinks he has  protected his position by demanding that the new owner pass over his proxy vote as a condition of the sale. Oddly enough, this plays […]

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Co-op housing: working together to live better

Co-op housing: working together to live better

James Brown, Chief Executive of Common Equity NSW, the peak body for housing co-operatives in the state, explains why Australia should be looking at a collective response to a community problem. Co-Op housing really should be playing a significant role as one of the solutions to the housing affordability crisis. It is very popular in other parts […]

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Affordable housing: The only way is ethics

Affordable housing: The only way is ethics

Is there anybody in the housing industry who is more interested in doing what it says on their tin – housing people – than making money regardless of the social costs? While politicians view the twin issues of affordable housing and negative gearing as threats to both their seats and their sanity, public housing projects, […]

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Roundup: Rights, wrongs and the law of diminishing returns

Roundup: Rights, wrongs and the law of diminishing returns

There’s a good old whinge in the Forum this week.  An owner has spent $30,000 in a legal battle with the Owners Corp and expects to spend the same again before the case is resolved. If she wins, at least she won’t have to pay her share of the costs awarded against the Owners Corp […]

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Four-year fight shuts door on inspection that never was

Four-year fight shuts door on inspection that never was

A NSW Owners Corporation has been forced to meet its common property obligations, after a four year battle with one of the property owners over a sliding door and an “expert” who never actually viewed it. In 2013, a lot owner asked her Owners Corporation to repair the balcony sliding door on the bedroom of […]

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