Tenants in, strata ‘presidents’ out, in vote shake-up

Tenants in, strata ‘presidents’ out, in vote shake-up

This first appeared in the Domain section of the SMH on July 25, 2015 In the raft of more than 90 proposed changes to NSW strata law released a couple of weeks ago, one plainly daft idea was binned while another bold attempt to make unit blocks a little more representative survived. The looney tunes […]

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QUIZ: A law unto ourselves

QUIZ: A law unto ourselves

So you think you know a bit about strata law? How about in other states? Click on over to the Title magazine page where we a running a quiz that points up some of the oddities and idiosyncrasies of strata law all over Australia. It’s short, it’s fun and you’ll almost certainly discover something you […]

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One word and strata smokers are stubbed out

One word and strata smokers are stubbed out

The days of the ‘fireflies’ – smokers who puff away on the balconies and terraces of their high-rise homes – are numbered in NSW. The government hasn’t banned smoking in apartments or on balconies outright but it is handing apartment residents a big ashtray in which to stub out their nicotine addicted neighbours’ nasty habit. […]

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Hope you like the new look

Hope you like the new look

Trawling through my files the other day I realised it’s been 11 years since I started writing about strata for the SMH and only slightly less than that since this website was created. In the meantime the website has had a few tweaks here and there but has never undergone had a proper redesign, making it […]

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Tenants exposed by property pics on the net

Tenants exposed by property pics on the net

Are landlords allowed to photograph the contents of your rented home without your permission, then advertise them on the internet to attract prospective tenants? The question is posed by Flatchatter Tracey, whose letting agent wanted to send inspection pictures to her landlord. “Are there any rules around property managers taking photos of the property during […]

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Strata law reforms’ greatest hits

Strata law reforms’ greatest hits

  There were more than 90 proposed changes to strata laws in the Draft Bills announced this week – some are massive changes in the concept of property ownership, others are tweaks and finesses to existing laws, by-laws and rules. Here are the top 10 changes, announced by Fair Trading Minister Victor Dominello, that we think […]

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Vic ruling opens door to short-term lets

Vic ruling opens door to short-term lets

A Victorian ruling that strata block owners corporations can’t create rules (by-laws) prohibiting apartments from being let short-term could have a devastating effect on high-rise residents across the country. The Victorian Civil Administration Tribunal (VCAT) finding over the Watergate building in Melbourne’s Docklands, cited a NSW strata law that owners corps may not pass any […]

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Owners left high and dry on building defects

Owners left high and dry on building defects

The decision last week by Syd Fisher to put the development company behind the troubled Gazebo apartment block into liquidation has exposed one of the major problems many apartment owners face trying to get developers to make good on defective buildings. Fischer’s decision to scuttle the company 2EBR, wipes out $135,000 legal costs awarded to […]

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Why apartment residents love and loathe Airbnb

Why apartment residents love and loathe Airbnb

If there is one thing that the members and managers of owners corps both love and loathe in almost equal measure, it’s Airbnb Many of us love the online accommodation agency because, for those of us with the “lock up and leave” travel bug, Airbnb means we can holiday more cheaply in different cities and […]

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Wreckers smash short-term rentals insurance

Wreckers smash short-term rentals insurance

Short-term and holiday letting hosts have been warned they could have no insurance cover if their homes are trashed by paying guests. The issue came to the fore last month when a Canadian couple returned to their house to discover it had been wrecked in what appeared to be a drug-induced frenzy by visitors who […]

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