Meet airbnb’s public enemy No 1

Meet airbnb’s public enemy No 1

Airbnb is a ‘sinister force’ that hides its true business, while its popularity distorts the housing market and overly influences politicians, says the Australian who is arguably, globally, the online letting agency’s Public Enemy No 1. As the $50 billion business rides its first wave of negative publicity in its short but spectacular ride to […]

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Roundup: Drones and moans

Roundup: Drones and moans

Sometimes I wonder how closely people read my stuff.  I was criticised by a couple of people for my “dirty tricks” story (below) being pro-airbnb.  Huh? Just because they’re dirty tricks doesn’t make them bad, right? Apart from that, a lot of issues have been raised on the forum, covering everything from photography drones to […]

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Guerrilla warfare warning over holiday lets in apartments

Guerrilla warfare warning over holiday lets in apartments

Bogus by-laws, sneaky shut-outs and strangulation with red tape are all likely to be employed to keep holiday lets out of apartment blocks that don’t want them, say Sydney’s building managers. Even outright vandalism is being predicted should the NSW government follow through on proposals to force apartments blocks to accept short-stay rentals such as […]

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Roundup: A fair go for proxy people

Roundup: A fair go for proxy people

Happy New Year and welcome to 2017, arguably the biggest year in apartment living in NSW since our state inflicted this particular method of sharing our space on an unsuspecting world. OK, the laws came into effect last month, but it is only now that we are getting to grips with them and there’s a […]

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Social media minefield for shabby holiday flats

Social media minefield for shabby holiday flats

Here at Flat Chat we tend to get a bit fixated on illegal short-stay holiday lets in residential schemes, so much so that we can forget that there are entirely legitimate holiday apartments that provide both an income for owners and an opportunity to have a holiday home on-call in a favourite location. But social media […]

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Roundup:  Kicking butt and taking names

Roundup: Kicking butt and taking names

It has been a gratifying week here on the Flat Chat desk with a couple of appreciative emails thanking us for our advice. We even learned a colleague had been using the column so effectively against a know-all (know nothing) bully chairman that he gave up and sold out. And remember FarawayGirl?  The developer of […]

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Big guns wheeled out in holiday lets battle

Big guns wheeled out in holiday lets battle

It’s been a funny old week in StrataLand. The whole short-stay letting issue is headed for a major showdown with both apartment owners and Airbnb bringing out the heavy artillery in preparation for a battle for the soul of strata living. Just to bring you up to speed (in case you have managed to avoid […]

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MP warns airbnb backlash could lead to bans

MP warns airbnb backlash could lead to bans

Exclusive by Jimmy Thomson A backlash against commercial holiday lets being forced on strata buildings could see home shares and holiday swaps banned completely from high-rises in NSW, warns a state MP. In an exclusive interview with Jimmy Thomson for Domain in the Sydney Morning Herald, independent MP for Sydney Alex Greenwich says there needs […]

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Minister targets strata law cheats and tyrants

Minister targets strata law cheats and tyrants

Fair Trading minister Victor Dominello has promised to crack down on strata “tyrants” and cheats who set out to circumvent the letter and the spirit of the new laws that came in last month. The Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation was responding to reports that strata committee members were already putting in place plans […]

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Strata Santa’s gift for you

Strata Santa’s gift for you

  As this is the last Flat Chat of the year, I have a Christmas gift for you.  It’s a book full of fun and games and recipes and comes with a free Easter egg. OK, I say ‘fun and games’ ironically, the recipes may be for disaster and the Easter egg is what the […]

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